Gold Quarter Ounce 2016 Lion of England, Coin from United Kingdom - detailed information

Gold Quarter Ounce 2016 Lion of England, Coin from United Kingdom
CoinGold Quarter Ounce 2016 Lion of England

Like many other mints, the Royal Mint issues bullion coins in precious metals, having much higher intrinsic value than their face value. The quarter ounce (1/4 oz) gold coins are denominated as Twenty-five Pounds (£25).

The coins are legal tender but are not intended for circulation. They are targeted at bullion investors or collectors who appreciate the special editions as pieces of art. The coins are typically "one-year" types usually issued in parallel with smaller denominations with the same reverse designs.

This coin type is the first from a series of ten coin designs known as the Queen's Beasts.

The Queen's Beasts are British coins issued by the Royal Mint in platinum, gold, and silver since 2016. Each of the coins in the series features a stylized version of one of the heraldic Queen's Beasts statues present at the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II representing her royal line of ancestry. It was announced that engraver Jody Clark will design the entire series; he is best known for also designing the Queen's Fifth definitive portrait, which is on the obverse of the coins.

The Queen's Beasts heraldic statues representing the genealogy of Queen Elizabeth II stood in front of the temporary western annexe to Westminster Abbey for the Queen's coronation in 1953. Each of The Queen's Beasts consists of an heraldic beast supporting a shield bearing a badge or arms of a family associated with the ancestry of Queen Elizabeth II. They were commissioned by the British Ministry of Works from sculptor James Woodford. The statues were uncoloured except for their shields at the coronation. They are now on display in the Canadian Museum of History. There are other statues of the Queen's Beasts, sometimes referred to as the King's Beasts, at Hampton Court Palace and Kew Gardens in London, and on the roof of St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle.

The Lion of England is the crowned golden lion of England, which has been one of the supporters of the Royal Arms since the reign of King Edward IV (1461 - 1483). It supports a shield showing the Arms of the United Kingdom as they have been since Queen Victoria's accession in 1837. In the first and last quarters of the shield are the lions of England, taken from the arms of Richard I "The Lionheart" (1157- 1199). The lion and tressure (armorial border) of Scotland appear in the second, and the harp of Ireland is in the third.

The bullion gold quarter ounce coins are struck in Brilliant Uncirculated grade and are targeted at investors in precious metals. Apart from the grade, they differ from the proof coins (issued in 2017) by their reverse inscriptions, and by the textured background on the obverse.

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Obverse
United Kingdom / Gold Quarter Ounce 2016 Lion of England - obverse photo

Crowned old head of Queen Elizabeth II facing right, wearing the Royal Diamond Diadem crown worn for her Coronation (effigy known as the "Fifth Portrait"). Running continuously around the effigy is the monarch's legend: ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 25 POUNDS ·. Translated from Latin: Elizabeth the Second, by the Grace of God, Queen, Defender of the Faith, followed by the value and denomination in English.

In tiny letters below the head, the artist's initials J.C (for Jody Clark).

The obverse has a textured background.

Obverse Inscription ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 25 POUNDS ·
Reverse
United Kingdom / Gold Quarter Ounce 2016 Lion of England - reverse photo

The reverse features, on a textured background, the crowned Lion of England standing on its hind legs, ready to defend the kingdom. It holds the Royal Shield of Arms of the United Kingdom.

Around, interrupted by the crown, the inscription LION OF ENGLAND · 1/4 oz FINE GOLD · 999.9 · 2016.

The artist's initials JC (for Jody Clark) are in the lower right field next to the shield.

Reverse Inscription LION OF ENGLAND · 1/4 oz FINE GOLD · 999.9 · 2016
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Notes

From the Royal Mint web page about the coin:
"The Lion of England is the first in a series of ten designs in our Queen’s Beasts bullion range. The coins each depict one of The Queen’s Beasts, reimagined by Royal Mint Coin Designer Jody Clark. Jody also created the definitive coinage portrait of The Queen to appear on United Kingdom coins.

The background for this range comes from the coronation of Her Majesty The Queen, where ten heraldic beasts stood guard, The Queen’s Beasts, sculpted by James Woodford RA for the coronation ceremony."

See also

This reverse design was issued in a variety of formats:
- 2 oz silver, bullion grade, 2016
- 1/4 oz gold, bullion grade, 2016
- 1 oz gold, bullion grade, 2016
- £5 copper-nickel brilliant uncirculated, 2017
- 1 oz silver, proof, 2017
- 5 oz silver, proof, 2017
- 10 oz silver, proof, 2017
- 1 kg silver, proof, 2017
- 1/4 oz gold, proof, 2017
- 1 oz gold, proof, 2017
- 5 oz gold, proof, 2017
- 1 kg gold, proof, 2017
- 1 oz platinum, bullion grade, 2017

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Gold Quarter Ounce 2016 Lion of England: Details
CountryUnited Kingdom
CurrencyPound Sterling
Coin TypeGold Quarter Ounce (1/4 oz)
Issued2016
MonarchQueen Elizabeth II
EffigyPortrait by Jody Clark (Fifth Portrait)
ReverseRoyal Coat of Arms of the United Kingdom
Face Value25 (x Pound)
Total Mintageunknown
CurrentYes
Material0.9999 Gold
DesignerJody Clark
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size (mm)22
Mass (g)7.8000
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Gold Quarter Ounce 2016 Lion of England: Photos
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