Gold Two Kilos 2022 The Lion of England, Coin from United Kingdom - detailed information

Gold Two Kilos 2022 The Lion of England, Coin from United Kingdom
CoinGold Two Kilos 2022 The Lion of England

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 is the second out of ten designs from the Royal Tudor Beasts Collection - coins depicting heraldic animals representing the Medieval Tudor dynasty which ruled England between 1485 and 1603.

The beasts line the Moat Bridge of Hampton Court Palace. Created at the behest of King Henry VIII, they symbolised the legitimacy of the king’s rule by portraying his regal ancestry.

This design features the Lion of England - one of the oldest and most iconic beasts in heraldry. It first appeared on royal emblems in the twelfth century and has been part of the shield of England for as long as it has existed. Chosen to represent pride and courage, the Lion of England on the Moat Bridge at Hampton Court Palace holds a shield bearing the impaled - or combined - arms of Henry VIII and Jane Seymour, symbolising the strength of the couple’s union.

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Obverse
United Kingdom / Gold Two Kilos 2022 The Lion of England - 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 2022 The Lion of England - reverse photo

The reverse of the coin show at its centre the roaring Lion of England, sitting erect with its head turned to the right. The lion is crowned and holds a shield displaying the combined arms of King Henry VIII and Jane Seymour, symbolising the strength of the couple’s union.

The designer's signature DL (for David Lawrence) is in small handwritten letters in the right field, behind the lion's tail.

Around the rim, interrupted by the crown on the lion's head, the inscription LION OF ENGLAND.

Around below, the date · 2022 ·.

Reverse Inscription LION OF ENGLAND · 2022 ·
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Notes

Finish: Proof FDC.

See also

Royal Tudor Beasts - The Lion of England design was issued in a variety of formats:
- 1 oz Platinum Bullion, The Lion of England, 2022
- 2 kg Gold Proof, The Lion of England, 2022
- 5 oz Gold Proof, The Lion of England, 2022
- 2 oz Gold Proof, The Lion of England, 2022
- 1 oz Gold Bullion, The Lion of England, 2022
- 1 oz Gold Proof, The Lion of England, 2022
- 1/4 oz Gold Bullion, The Lion of England, 2022
- 1/4 oz Gold Proof, The Lion of England, 2022
- 1 kg Silver Proof, The Lion of England, 2022
- 10 oz Silver Bullion, The Lion of England, 2022
- 10 oz Silver Proof, The Lion of England, 2022
- 5 oz Silver Proof, The Lion of England, 2022
- 2 oz Silver Bullion, The Lion of England, 2022
- 2 oz Silver Proof, The Lion of England, 2022
- 1 oz Silver Proof, The Lion of England, 2022
- £5 CuproNickel, Brilliant Uncirculated, The Lion of England, 2022

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Gold Two Kilos 2022 The Lion of England: Details
CountryUnited Kingdom
CurrencyPound Sterling
Coin TypeGold Two Kilos (2 kg)
Issued2022
MonarchQueen Elizabeth II
EffigyQueen Elizabeth II - Portrait by Jody Clark (Fifth Portrait)
Face Value2000 (x Pound)
Mintageunknown
CurrentYes
Material0.9999 Gold
DesignerDavid Lawrence
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size150.000 mm
Mass2,010.000 g
OCC IDYRVP-OVRC-WQYX-ODQG
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