Platinum Ounce 2020 Falcon of the Plantagenets, Coin from United Kingdom - detailed information

Platinum Ounce 2020 Falcon of the Plantagenets, Coin from United Kingdom
CoinPlatinum Ounce 2020 Falcon of the Plantagenets

Like many other mints, the Royal Mint issues bullion coins in precious metals, having much higher intrinsic value than their face value. The one ounce (1 oz) platinum coins are denominated as One Hundred Pounds (£100).

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 fifth 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 Falcon of the Plantagenets was first used by King Edward III of the House of Plantagenet as his badge. It descended to King Edward IV, who took it as his personal badge, the falcon being standing within an open fetterlock. Originally closed, the slightly open fetterlock is supposed to refer to the struggle Edward IV had to obtain the throne - "he forced the lock and won the throne."

The Falcon of the Plantagenets one ounce platinum bullion coins were sold by the Royal Mint in individual plastic capsules, in Brilliant Uncirculated grade.

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Obverse
United Kingdom / Platinum Ounce 2020 Falcon of the Plantagenets - 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 · 100 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 obverse has a textured background ("guilloché" geometric pattern).

Obverse Inscription ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 100 POUNDS ·
Reverse
United Kingdom / Platinum Ounce 2020 Falcon of the Plantagenets - reverse photo

The reverse features, on a textured background, a leaping falcon holding in its talons a shield; at the centre of the shield, a badge depicting a second white falcon within an open golden fetterlock (or padlock), representing the struggle of King Edward IV to obtain the throne of England.

Around left in the outer rim (on plain background), the inscription FALCON OF THE PLANTAGENETS. Around right, the metal content and date of issue · 1 oz · FINE PLATINUM · 999.5 · 2020 (one ounce of 99.99% gold).

The artist's initials JC (for Jody Clark) are in the lower right field next to the shield.

Reverse Inscription FALCON OF THE PLANTAGENETS · 1 oz · FINE PLATINUM · 999.5 · 2020
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See also

Coins in the Queen's Beasts series featuring the Falcon of the Plantagenets include:
- 1 oz Platinum Bullion, Falcon of the Plantagenets, 2020
- 1 kg Gold Proof, Falcon of the Plantagenets, 2019
- 5 oz Gold Proof, Falcon of the Plantagenets, 2019
- 1 oz Gold Proof, Falcon of the Plantagenets, 2019
- 1 oz Gold Bullion, Falcon of the Plantagenets, 2019
- 1/4 oz Gold Proof, Falcon of the Plantagenets, 2019
- 1/4 oz Gold Proof, Falcon of the Plantagenets, 2021
- 1/4 oz Gold Bullion, Falcon of the Plantagenets, 2019
- 1 kg Silver Proof, Falcon of the Plantagenets, 2019
- 10 oz Silver Proof, Falcon of the Plantagenets, 2019
- 10 oz Silver Bullion, Falcon of the Plantagenets, 2020
- 5 oz Silver Proof, Falcon of the Plantagenets, 2019
- 2 oz Silver Proof, Falcon of the Plantagenets, 2021
- 2 oz Silver Bullion, Falcon of the Plantagenets, 2019
- 1 oz Silver Proof, Falcon of the Plantagenets, 2019
- 1/4 oz Silver Proof, Falcon of the Plantagenets, 2021
- £5 Copper-Nickel Brilliant Uncirculated, Falcon of the Plantagenets, 2019

All (20) coins of type: Platinum Ounce (1 oz)
Coin NameMintageEffigyLegend
Platinum Ounce 2007 Britannia 250 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH ' II ' D ' G REG ' FID ' DEF ' 100 ' POUNDS '
Platinum Ounce 2008 Britannia 150 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH ' II D ' G REG ' FID ' DEF ' 100 ' POUNDS '
Platinum Ounce 2014 WW1 - Outbreak 325 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH ' II ' D ' G REG ' FID ' DEF ' 100 ' POUNDS '
Platinum Ounce 2017 Lion of England unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 100 POUNDS ·
Platinum Ounce 2018 Red Dragon of Wales unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 100 POUNDS ·
Platinum Ounce 2018 Griffin of Edward III unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 100 POUNDS ·
Platinum Ounce 2018 Britannia unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 100 POUNDS ·
Platinum Ounce 2019 Unicorn of Scotland unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 100 POUNDS ·
Platinum Ounce 2019 Black Bull of Clarence unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 100 POUNDS ·
Platinum Ounce 2019 Britannia unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 100 POUNDS ·
Platinum Ounce 2020 Royal Arms unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 100 POUNDS ·
Platinum Ounce 2020 Falcon of the Plantagenets unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 100 POUNDS ·
Platinum Ounce 2020 Yale of Beaufort unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 100 POUNDS ·
Platinum Ounce 2020 Britannia unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 100 POUNDS ·
Platinum Ounce 2021 Britannia unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 100 POUNDS ·
Platinum Ounce 2021 White Lion of Mortimer unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 100 POUNDS ·
Platinum Ounce 2021 White Horse of Hanover unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 100 POUNDS ·
Platinum Ounce 2022 Platinum Jubilee unknown Equestrian Portrait of Queen Elizabeth II ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 100 POUNDS · 2022 ·
Platinum Ounce 2022 Britannia unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 100 POUNDS ·
Platinum Ounce 2022 White Greyhound of Richmond unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 100 POUNDS ·
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Platinum Ounce 2020 Falcon of the Plantagenets: Details
CountryUnited Kingdom
CurrencyPound Sterling
Coin TypePlatinum Ounce (1 oz)
Issued2020
MonarchQueen Elizabeth II
EffigyQueen Elizabeth II - Portrait by Jody Clark (Fifth Portrait)
Face Value100 (x Pound)
Mintageunknown
CurrentYes
Material0.9995 Platinum
DesignerJody Clark
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size32.690 mm
Mass31.386 g
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