Gold Quarter Ounce 2021 Griffin of Edward III, Proof, Coin from United Kingdom - detailed information

Gold Quarter Ounce 2021 Griffin of Edward III, Proof, Coin from United Kingdom
CoinGold Quarter Ounce 2021 Griffin of Edward III, 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 tenth and final design 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 - 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 Griffin of Edward III is an ancient mythical beast. It was considered a beneficent creature, signifying courage and strength combined with guardianship, vigilance, swiftness and keen vision. It was closely associated with King Edward III who engraved it on his private seal. The shield shows the Round Tower of Windsor Castle (where Edward III was born) with the Royal Standard flying from the turret, enclosed by two branches of oak surmounted by the royal crown - a motif also seen on the House of Windsor commemorative crown coin.

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Obverse
United Kingdom / Gold Quarter Ounce 2021 Griffin of Edward III, 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 Griffin of Edward III, Proof - reverse photo

The reverse features, a dynamic depiction of the mythical beast known as The Griffin of Edward III - with the winged body of a lion and the head of an eagle - facing left. It is holding a shield depicting the Round Tower of Windsor Castle (where King Edward III was born) with the Royal Standard flying from the turret, enclosed by two branches of oak surmounted by the royal crown.

Around below, the inscription GRIFFIN OF EDWARD III. Around above, interrupted by the griffin's wings, the date of issue · 2021 ·.

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

Reverse Inscription GRIFFIN OF EDWARD III · 2021 ·
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Notes

The Queen's Beasts designs were issued irregularly, so that the bullion versions of these coins were issued much earlier than their proof versions, and earlier than most of the other ten designs.

The Griffin of Edward III gold quarter-ounce proof coin was initially issued separately boxed, then also in a ten-coin set wrapping up the Queen's Beasts collection.

See also

Coins from the Queen's Beasts series featuring the Griffin of Edward III are:
- 1 oz Platinum Bullion, Griffin of Edward III, 2018
- 1 kg Gold Proof, Griffin of Edward III, 2021
- 5 oz Gold Proof, Griffin of Edward III, 2021
- 1 oz Gold Proof, Griffin of Edward III, 2021
- 1 oz Gold Bullion, Griffin of Edward III, 2017
- 1/4 oz Gold Proof, Griffin of Edward III, 2021
- 1/4 oz Gold Bullion, Griffin of Edward III, 2017
- 1 kg Silver Proof, Griffin of Edward III, 2021
- 10 oz Silver Proof, Griffin of Edward III, 2021
- 10 oz Silver Bullion, Griffin of Edward III, 2018
- 5 oz Silver Proof, Griffin of Edward III, 2021
- 2 oz Silver Proof, Griffin of Edward III, 2021
- 2 oz Silver Bullion, Griffin of Edward III, 2017
- 1 oz Silver Proof, Griffin of Edward III, 2021
- 1/4 oz Silver Proof, Griffin of Edward III, 2021
- £5 Copper-Nickel Brilliant Uncirculated, Griffin of Edward III, 2021

Gold Quarter Ounce 2021 Griffin of Edward III, Proof: Known varieties
Variety Individually boxed
Images United Kingdom / Gold Quarter Ounce 2021 Griffin of Edward III, Proof / Individually boxed - obverse photo United Kingdom / Gold Quarter Ounce 2021 Griffin of Edward III, Proof / Individually boxed - reverse photo
Mintage Issued: unknown. Mintage limit: 1,250
Details

Proof FDC grade, in a mahogany box, with a Certificate of Authenticity. Royal Mint Product code: UK21QGQO. Issue price: £605.00. Limited edition: 1,240, maximum coin mintage: 1,250. Release date: 25 January 2021.

Variety Reverse Frosted
Images United Kingdom / Gold Quarter Ounce 2021 Griffin of Edward III, Proof / Reverse Frosted - obverse photo United Kingdom / Gold Quarter Ounce 2021 Griffin of Edward III, Proof / Reverse Frosted - reverse photo
Mintage Issued: 250. Mintage limit: 250
Details

Issued in the ten-coin mint set only, with polished designs and frosted surfaces.

In Set The Queen’s Beasts 2021 UK Quarter-Ounce Gold Proof Ten-Coin Set, mintage 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
Showing 19 from a total of 119 coins of type: Gold Quarter Ounce (1/4 oz)
Coin NameMintageEffigyLegend
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 unknown 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 Platinum Jubilee unknown Equestrian Portrait of Queen Elizabeth II ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 25 POUNDS · 2022 ·
Gold Quarter Ounce 2022 The Seymour Panther unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 25 POUNDS ·
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Gold Quarter Ounce 2021 Griffin of Edward III, 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)
Mintageunknown
Mintage Limit1,500
CurrentYes
Material0.9999 Gold
DesignerJody Clark
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size22.000 mm
Mass7.800 g
OCC IDANMQ-EPYC-PJAA-OJYG
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