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

Gold Two Kilos 2021 The Queen's Beasts, Coin from United Kingdom
CoinGold Two 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 and five kilograms (they are actually fractionally heavier as a whole, to account for the small amount of other metal in the alloy).

The 2 kg gold coins are denominated as Two Thousand Pounds (£2,000), although their intrinsic (bullion) value is much higher than their face value. The coins vary in design depending on the occasion; they are "one-year" types usually issued in parallel with smaller denominations with the same reverse designs.

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 only coin in the series issued in 2kg gold format.

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Obverse
United Kingdom / Gold Two Kilos 2021 The Queen's Beasts - 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 · 2000 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 · 2000 POUNDS ·
Reverse
United Kingdom / Gold Two 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
EdgeMilledEdge InscriptionNone
Notes

The Queen's Beasts Completer Coin, in various formats, was issued on 29 April 2021.

The gold two kilograms Queen's Beasts coin is in Proof FDC grade. Issue price: £139,200.00.

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 Two Kilos 2021 The Queen's Beasts: Details
CountryUnited Kingdom
CurrencyPound Sterling
Coin TypeGold Two Kilos (2 kg)
Issued2021
MonarchQueen Elizabeth II
EffigyQueen Elizabeth II - Portrait by Jody Clark (Fifth Portrait)
Face Value2000 (x Pound)
Total Mintage4
CurrentYes
Material0.999 Gold
DesignerJody Clark
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size150.000 mm
Mass2,010.000 g
OCC IDLBRP-ERRC-ZNPA-EMNY
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