Gold Quarter Ounce 2021 Falcon of the Plantagenets, Proof, Coin from United Kingdom - detailed information

Gold Quarter Ounce 2021 Falcon of the Plantagenets, Proof, Coin from United Kingdom
CoinGold Quarter Ounce 2021 Falcon of the Plantagenets, Proof

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 other denominations with the same reverse designs.

This coin type is the fifth 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 stylised 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 - so he is in the rare position of having designed both sides.

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 Falcon of the Plantagenets was first used by King Edward III of the House of Plantagenet as his badge. It descended to King Edward IV, who took it as his personal badge, the falcon being standing within an open fetterlock. Originally closed, the slightly open fetterlock is supposed to refer to the struggle Edward IV had to obtain the throne - "he forced the lock and won the throne."

The Falcon of the Plantagenets quarter-ounce gold proof coin was initially issued in 2019; in 2021, it was re-issued for a ten-coin set wrapping up the Queen's Beasts collection.

MintRoyal Mint Mint MarkNo mint mark Total Mintage250
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Obverse
United Kingdom / Gold Quarter Ounce 2021 Falcon of the Plantagenets, Proof - obverse photo

The obverse of the coin depicts the crowned old head of Queen Elizabeth II facing right, wearing the Royal Diamond Diadem crown worn for her Coronation (her effigy known as the "Fifth Portrait").

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

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.

Obverse Inscription ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 25 POUNDS ·
Reverse
United Kingdom / Gold Quarter Ounce 2021 Falcon of the Plantagenets, Proof - reverse photo

The reverse features a leaping falcon holding in its talons a shield; at the centre of the shield, a badge depicting a second white falcon within an open golden fetterlock (or padlock), representing the struggle of King Edward IV to obtain the throne of England.

Around below, the inscription FALCON OF THE PLANTAGENETS. Around above, interrupted by the bird's head, the date · 2021 ·.

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

Reverse Inscription FALCON OF THE PLANTAGENETS · 2021 ·
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Notes

Finish: Proof FDC, reverse frosted (with polished designs and frosted surfaces).
Packaging and distribution: in mint set only.

Issued in Set
The Queen’s Beasts 2021 UK Quarter-Ounce Gold Proof Ten-Coin Set, mintage 250, limited to 250
10 coins: Lion of England, Unicorn of Scotland, Red Dragon of Wales, Black Bull of Clarence, Falcon of the Plantagenets, Yale of Beaufort, White Lion of Mortimer, White Horse of Hanover, White Greyhound of Richmond, Griffin of Edward III
See also

Coins in the Queen's Beasts series featuring the Falcon of the Plantagenets include:
- 1 oz Platinum Bullion, Falcon of the Plantagenets, 2020
- 1 kg Gold Proof, Falcon of the Plantagenets, 2019
- 5 oz Gold Proof, Falcon of the Plantagenets, 2019
- 1 oz Gold Proof, Falcon of the Plantagenets, 2019
- 1 oz Gold Bullion, Falcon of the Plantagenets, 2019
- 1/4 oz Gold Proof, Falcon of the Plantagenets, 2019
- 1/4 oz Gold Proof, Falcon of the Plantagenets, 2021
- 1/4 oz Gold Bullion, Falcon of the Plantagenets, 2019
- 1 kg Silver Proof, Falcon of the Plantagenets, 2019
- 10 oz Silver Proof, Falcon of the Plantagenets, 2019
- 10 oz Silver Bullion, Falcon of the Plantagenets, 2020
- 5 oz Silver Proof, Falcon of the Plantagenets, 2019
- 2 oz Silver Proof, Falcon of the Plantagenets, 2021
- 2 oz Silver Bullion, Falcon of the Plantagenets, 2019
- 1 oz Silver Proof, Falcon of the Plantagenets, 2019
- 1/4 oz Silver Proof, Falcon of the Plantagenets, 2021
- £5 Copper-Nickel Brilliant Uncirculated, Falcon of the Plantagenets, 2019

Showing 37 from a total of 137 coins of type: Gold Quarter Ounce (1/4 oz)
Coin NameMintageEffigyLegend
Gold Quarter Ounce 2021 Falcon of the Plantagenets, Proof 250 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 25 POUNDS ·
Gold Quarter Ounce 2021 Yale of Beaufort, Proof 250 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 25 POUNDS ·
Gold Quarter Ounce 2021 White Lion of Mortimer, Proof 250 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 25 POUNDS ·
Gold Quarter Ounce 2021 White Horse of Hanover, Proof 250 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 25 POUNDS ·
Gold Quarter Ounce 2021 White Greyhound of Richmond, Proof unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 25 POUNDS ·
Gold Quarter Ounce 2021 White Greyhound of Richmond, Bullion unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 25 POUNDS ·
Gold Quarter Ounce 2021 Griffin of Edward III, Proof unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 25 POUNDS ·
Gold Quarter Ounce 2021 Queen's 95th Birthday unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 25 POUNDS · 2021 ·
Gold Quarter Ounce 2021 Prince Philip 760 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 25 POUNDS · 2021 ·
Gold Quarter Ounce 2021 Mr. Men - Mr. Happy unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 25 POUNDS · 2021 ·
Gold Quarter Ounce 2021 Mr. Men - Mr. Strong and Little Miss Giggles unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 25 POUNDS · 2021 ·
Gold Quarter Ounce 2021 Mr. Men - Little Miss Sunshine unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 25 POUNDS · 2021 ·
Gold Quarter Ounce 2021 Music Legends - The Who 1,010 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 25 POUNDS · 2021 ·
Gold Quarter Ounce 2021 Alice in Wonderland unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 25 POUNDS · 2021 ·
Gold Quarter Ounce 2021 Through the Looking-Glass unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 25 POUNDS · 2021 ·
Gold Quarter Ounce 2021 Gold Standard unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 25 POUNDS ·
Gold Quarter Ounce 2022 Year of the Tiger unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 25 POUNDS ·
Gold Quarter Ounce 2022 Britannia, Bullion unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 25 POUNDS ·
Gold Quarter Ounce 2022 Britannia, Proof 1,075 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 25 POUNDS ·
Gold Quarter Ounce 2022 Platinum Jubilee 1,110 Equestrian Portrait of Queen Elizabeth II ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 25 POUNDS · 2022 ·
Gold Quarter Ounce 2022 Queen's Reign - Honours and Investitures 510 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 25 POUNDS · 2022 ·
Gold Quarter Ounce 2022 Queen's Reign - Charity and Patronage 510 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 25 POUNDS · 2022 ·
Gold Quarter Ounce 2022 Queen's Reign - Commonwealth 510 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 25 POUNDS · 2022 ·
Gold Quarter Ounce 2022 Duke of Cambridge Birthday 610 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 25 POUNDS · 2022 ·
Gold Quarter Ounce 2022 The Seymour Panther 1,010 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 25 POUNDS ·
Gold Quarter Ounce 2022 The Lion of England, Bullion unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 25 POUNDS ·
Gold Quarter Ounce 2022 The Lion of England, Proof 1,010 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 25 POUNDS ·
Gold Quarter Ounce 2022 Music Legends - The Rolling Stones 1,010 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 25 POUNDS · 2022 ·
Gold Quarter Ounce 2022 Vera Lynn 410 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 25 POUNDS · 2022 ·
Gold Quarter Ounce 2022 Harry Potter 660 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 25 POUNDS · 2022 ·
Gold Quarter Ounce 2022 Harry Potter- Hogwarts Express 660 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 25 POUNDS · 2022 ·
Gold Quarter Ounce 2022 In Memory of Queen Elizabeth II unknown King Charles III - First Portrait CHARLES III · D · G · REX · F · D · 25 POUNDS · 2022 ·
Gold Quarter Ounce 2023 Year of the Rabbit unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 25 POUNDS ·
Gold Quarter Ounce 2023 The Yale of Beaufort, Bullion unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 25 POUNDS ·
Gold Quarter Ounce 2023 The Yale of Beaufort, Proof 760 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 25 POUNDS ·
Gold Quarter Ounce 2023 Britannia, Bullion (Queen Elizabeth II) unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 25 POUNDS ·
Gold Quarter Ounce 2023 Britannia, Bullion (King Charles III) unknown King Charles III - First Portrait CHARLES III · D · G · REX · F · D · 25 POUNDS ·
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Gold Quarter Ounce 2021 Falcon of the Plantagenets, Proof: Details
CountryUnited Kingdom
CurrencyPound Sterling
Coin TypeGold Quarter Ounce (1/4 oz)
Issued2021
MonarchQueen Elizabeth II
EffigyQueen Elizabeth II - Portrait by Jody Clark (Fifth Portrait)
Face Value25 (x Pound)
Total Mintage250
Mintage Limit250
CurrentYes
Material0.9999 Gold
DesignerJody Clark
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size22.0000 mm
Mass7.8000 g
OCC IDANMQ-EPYC-QVYQ-OJYG
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