|Coin||Gold Quarter Ounce 2021 Yale of Beaufort, 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 sixth 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 Yale of Beaufort was a mythical beast, supposedly white and covered with gold spots and able to swivel each of its horns independently. It descends to the Queen through King Henry VII, who inherited it from his mother, Lady Margaret Beaufort. The shield shows a portcullis surmounted by a royal crown. The portcullis (uncrowned) was a Beaufort badge, but was used both crowned and uncrowned by Henry VII.
The Yale of Beaufort 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.
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 standing mythical beast, facing left and holding a shield; at the centre of the shield is a crowned portcullis with chains - a Beaufort badge used by King Henry VII, best known today as being on the reverse of the first decimal penny coins, designed by Christopher Ironside.
Around below, the inscription YALE OF BEAUFORT. Around above, interrupted by the beast's horns, the date · 2021 ·.
The artist's initials JC (for Jody Clark) are in the lower left field next to the shield.
||YALE OF BEAUFORT · 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
Coins in the Queen's Beasts series featuring the Yale of Beaufort include:
- 1 oz Platinum Bullion, Yale of Beaufort, 2020
- 1 kg Gold Proof, Yale of Beaufort, 2019
- 5 oz Gold Proof, Yale of Beaufort, 2019
- 1 oz Gold Proof, Yale of Beaufort, 2019
- 1 oz Gold Bullion, Yale of Beaufort, 2019
- 1/4 oz Gold Proof, Yale of Beaufort, 2019
- 1/4 oz Gold Proof, Yale of Beaufort, 2021
- 1/4 oz Gold Bullion, Yale of Beaufort, 2019
- 1 kg Silver Proof, Yale of Beaufort, 2019
- 10 oz Silver Proof, Yale of Beaufort, 2019
- 10 oz Silver Bullion, Yale of Beaufort, 2020
- 5 oz Silver Proof, Yale of Beaufort, 2019
- 2 oz Silver Proof, Yale of Beaufort, 2021
- 2 oz Silver Bullion, Yale of Beaufort, 2019
- 1 oz Silver Proof, Yale of Beaufort, 2019
- 1/4 oz Silver Proof, Yale of Beaufort, 2021
- £5 Copper-Nickel Brilliant Uncirculated, Yale of Beaufort, 2019