Gold Ten Kilos 2021 The Queen's Beasts, Coin from United Kingdom - detailed information

Gold Ten Kilos 2021 The Queen's Beasts, Coin from United Kingdom
CoinGold Ten Kilos 2021 The Queen's Beasts

Like many other mints, the Royal Mint issues bullion coins in precious metals, having much higher intrinsic value than their face value. Most of these by tradition are measured in troy ounces of fractions thereof, but the mint also introduced metric coins measuring one kilogram of pure metal, then also two, five and seven kilograms (they are actually fractionally heavier as a whole, to account for the small amount of other metal in the alloy), and finally in 2021 a ten kilogram coin.

The 10 kg gold coin is denominated as Ten Thousand Pounds (£10,000), although the intrinsic (bullion) value is much higher than the face value.

The coins are legal tender but are not intended for circulation. They are targeted at collectors who appreciate the special editions as pieces of art or show pieces.

This coin type completes the Queen's Beasts series and combines all the Beasts in one image.

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. Engraver Jody Clark designed 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 Royal Mint says:
"For the series finale, Jody was set the formidable challenge of capturing all ten beasts side by side in a single design. The result is a remarkable feat of miniaturisation, testament to his deft touch and the skills he has honed working in this format. The visual impact is both impressive and immediate. Presented together on one coin, these magnificent royal guardians - lions, a griffin, a falcon, a bull, a yale, a greyhound, a dragon, a unicorn and a horse - exude the power and symbolism associated with the British monarch."

This is the first coin of this size ever made by the Royal Mint. The one-off piece took 400-hours to create, including four days to polish.

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Obverse
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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 · 10000 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 · 10000 POUNDS ·
Reverse
United Kingdom / Gold Ten Kilos 2021 The Queen's Beasts - reverse photo

The reverse of the coin features in a small circle at its centre the Jody Clark effigy of Queen Elizabeth II (which is also on the obverse), below which the designer's signature J.C; this is on a background of a thin chain-mail pattern. Around above, the inscription THE QUEEN'S BEASTS. Around below, the date of issue 2021.

Surrounding that, in ten sectors are the depictions of all ten Beasts in the series (each depicted separately on an earlier coin); clockwise from top:
- the Lion of England,
- the Red Dragon of Wales,
- the Griffin of Edward III,
- the Unicorn of Scotland,
- the Black Bull of Clarence,
- the Falcon of the Plantagenets,
- the Yale of Beaufort,
- the White Lion of Mortimer,
- the White Horse of Hanover, and
- the White Greyhound of Richmond.

The face value is on the obverse.

Reverse Inscription THE QUEEN'S BEASTS 2021
EdgePlainEdge InscriptionNone
Notes

The 10 kg coin was created by a team of master craftspeople at The Royal Mint, using traditional minting skills alongside innovative technology.

Modern techniques are called upon in the beginning with engraving machines being used to carefully cut the design onto the ten-kilo coin. A uniquely titled master toolmaker then hand works the coin, carefully papering and burnishing the surface of the metal to remove any marks made by the cutting process to elevate the finish of the design, before undergoing four days of polishing.

Finally, the 200.00 mm wide coin is laser frosted to selectively texture the surface of the coin giving it a matt finish showcasing the detailed finish of the coin’s design - completing 400 hours of work.

See also

The Queen's Beasts - Completer Coin design was issued in a variety of formats:
- 10 kg Gold Proof, The Queen's Beasts
- 2 kg Gold Proof, The Queen's Beasts
- 1 kg Gold Proof, The Queen's Beasts
- 10 oz Gold Proof, The Queen's Beasts
- 5 oz Gold Proof, The Queen's Beasts
- 1 oz Gold Proof, The Queen's Beasts
- 1 oz Gold Bullion, The Queen's Beasts
- 2 kg Silver Proof, The Queen's Beasts
- 1 kg Silver Proof, The Queen's Beasts
- 1 kg Silver Bullion, The Queen's Beasts
- 10 oz Silver Proof, The Queen's Beasts
- 5 oz Silver Proof, The Queen's Beasts
- 2 oz Silver Proof, The Queen's Beasts
- 2 oz Silver Bullion, The Queen's Beasts
- 1 oz Silver Proof, The Queen's Beasts
- £5 CuproNickel, Brilliant Uncirculated, The Queen's Beasts

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Gold Ten Kilos 2021 The Queen's Beasts: Details
CountryUnited Kingdom
CurrencyPound Sterling
Coin TypeGold Ten Kilos (10 kg)
Issued2021
MonarchQueen Elizabeth II
EffigyQueen Elizabeth II - Portrait by Jody Clark (Fifth Portrait)
Face Value10000 (x Pound)
Total Mintage1
CurrentYes
Material0.999 Gold
DesignerJody Clark
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size200.000 mm
Mass10,005.000 g
OCC IDYRVP-OVRC-DLDP-ODQG
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