|Coin||Gold Quarter Ounce 2021 White Horse of Hanover, 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 eighth 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 White Horse of Hanover was introduced into the Royal Arms in 1714 when the crown of Great Britain passed to the Elector George of Hanover. This grandson of Elizabeth Stuart, sister of King Charles I, became George I, King of Britain, France and Ireland. The shield shows the leopards of England and the lion of Scotland in the first quarter, the fleur-de-lis of France in the second and the Irish harp in the third quarter. The fourth quarter shows the Arms of Hanover.
The White Horse of Hanover quarter-ounce gold proof coin was initially issued in 2020; in 2021, it was re-issued for a ten-coin set wrapping up the Queen's Beasts collection.
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.
The reverse features a dynamic depiction of the rearing White Horse of Hanover, facing right. It holds a shield, quartered; the leopards of England and the lion of Scotland are in the first quarter, the fleur-de-lis of France in the second and the Irish harp in the third quarter; the fourth quarter shows the Arms of the Electorate of Hanover.
Around below, the inscription WHITE HORSE OF HANOVER. Around above, interrupted by the horse head, the date · 2021 ·.
The artist's initials JC (for Jody Clark) are in the lower right field next to the shield.
||WHITE HORSE OF HANOVER · 2021 ·
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
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
The White Horse of Hanover reverse design was issued in a variety of formats:
- 1 oz Platinum Bullion, White Horse of Hanover, 2021
- 5 oz Gold Proof, White Horse of Hanover, 2020
- 1 oz Gold Proof, White Horse of Hanover, 2020
- 1 oz Gold Bullion, White Horse of Hanover, 2020
- 1/4 oz Gold Proof, White Horse of Hanover, 2020
- 1/4 oz Gold Proof, White Horse of Hanover, 2021
- 1/4 oz Gold Bullion, White Horse of Hanover, 2020
- 1 kg Silver Proof, White Horse of Hanover, 2020
- 10 oz Silver Proof, White Horse of Hanover, 2020
- 10 oz Silver Bullion, White Horse of Hanover, 2021
- 5 oz Silver Proof, White Horse of Hanover, 2020
- 2 oz Silver Proof, White Horse of Hanover, 2021
- 2 oz Silver Bullion, White Horse of Hanover, 2020
- 1 oz Silver Proof, White Horse of Hanover, 2020
- 1 oz Silver Proof, White Horse of Hanover, 2021
- £5 Copper-Nickel Brilliant Uncirculated, White Horse of Hanover, 2020