Platinum Ounce 2021 White Lion of Mortimer, Coin from United Kingdom - detailed information

Platinum Ounce 2021 White Lion of Mortimer, Coin from United Kingdom
CoinPlatinum Ounce 2021 White Lion of Mortimer

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 seventh 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 White Lion of Mortimer descends to the Queen through King Edward IV. The shield shows a white rose encircled by a golden sun, known heraldically as a "white rose en soleil" which is really a combination of two distinct badges. Both of these appear on the Great Seals of King Edward IV and King Richard III, and were used by the Queen's father, King George VI, when he was Duke of York. Unlike the Lion of England, this beast is uncrowned.

The White Lion of Mortimer one ounce platinum coins were sold by the Royal Mint in individual plastic capsules, in Brilliant Uncirculated grade.

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Obverse
United Kingdom / Platinum Ounce 2021 White Lion of Mortimer - 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 2021 White Lion of Mortimer - reverse photo

The reverse features, on a textured background, a dynamic depiction of the rampant (standing) White Lion of Mortimer, facing right. It holds a shield with a badge combining the emblems of a white rose and the sun.

Around left in the outer rim (on plain background), the inscription WHITE LION OF MORTIMER. Around right, the metal content and date of issue · 1 oz FINE PLATINUM · 999.5 · 2021 (one ounce of 99.95% platinum).

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

Reverse Inscription WHITE LION OF MORTIMER · 1 oz FINE PLATINUM · 999.5 · 2021
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Notes

The coins were released in November 2020. Royal Mint Product Code: BQBW21PC

See also

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

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 2021 White Lion of Mortimer: Details
CountryUnited Kingdom
CurrencyPound Sterling
Coin TypePlatinum Ounce (1 oz)
Issued2021
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
OCC IDRMKG-OZAC-BXBZ-ENXQ
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