Platinum Ounce 2023 The Yale of Beaufort, Coin from United Kingdom - detailed information

Platinum Ounce 2023 The Yale of Beaufort, Coin from United Kingdom
CoinPlatinum Ounce 2023 The Yale of Beaufort

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 third 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 Moat Bridge, the main entrance to Hampton Court Palace built by King Henry VIII, is adorned by ten stone guardians. Each fearsome Royal Beast holds historic meaning and the ten figures evenly represent Henry VIII and his third wife, Jane Seymour. These regal protectors provided the inspiration for The Royal Tudor Beasts Collection from The Royal Mint. This release focuses on the weird and wonderful Yale of Beaufort. This mythical creature inspires awe in all who approach the palace, with its goat or antelope-like body, the fierce tusks of a boar, a lion’s tail and large horns that swivel in any direction to defend against attacks from all quarters.

The yale first appeared as a symbol supporting the Arms of John, Duke of Bedford and Earl of Kendal (one of King Henry VI’s sons). His earldom of Kendal and dukedom of Somerset were granted in 1443 to his cousin Sir John Beaufort (Henry VII’s grandfather), who took the "Eagle" and Bedford "Yale" as supporters. On choosing the yale as a Royal Beast, Henry VIII sought to add credibility to his position on the throne by emphasising his family connection to the powerful Beaufort family. The yale is also linked to the title of Somerset, which Jane Seymour’s brother Edward held as Duke. It is thought that Henry VIII also chose the yale as a Queen’s Beast to honour her brother.

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Obverse
United Kingdom / Platinum Ounce 2023 The Yale of Beaufort - 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 ("guilloche" geometric pattern).

Obverse Inscription ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 100 POUNDS ·
Reverse
United Kingdom / Platinum Ounce 2023 The Yale of Beaufort - reverse photo

The reverse of the coin show at its centre the Yale of Beaufort - a mythical beast with a white goat-like or antelope body spotted with gold, four legs, the gilded tusks of a boar, a lion’s tail and large horns that "swivel in any direction" to counterattack from all quarters. The beast wears a crown around its neck, to which a chain is attached. It supports a shield with the bearing The Queen’s "Coat of Augmentation", which Henry VIII granted to Jane Seymour - featuring the three lions of England at centre, with three fleurs-de-lis one each side.

The designer's signature D.L (for David Lawrence) is below left, next to the base of the shield. The background is patterned with micro dots, called "chainmail surface animation" by the mint.

Around the rim, the inscription YALE OF BEAUFORT on the left, and 1 oz · FINE PLATINUM · 999.5 (one troy ounce of 99.95% platinum) on the right.

Around below, the date · 2023 ·.

Reverse Inscription YALE OF BEAUFORT 1 oz · FINE PLATINUM · 999.5 · 2023 ·
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Notes

Finish: bullion (Brilliant Uncirculated).
Packaging: in coin capsule.
Royal Mint Product code: RTYB23PC.
Date of issue: 1 September 2022.
Issue price: £811.13

See also

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

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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, Bullion unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 100 POUNDS ·
Platinum Ounce 2021 Britannia, Proof 275 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 ·
Platinum Ounce 2022 The Queen's Beasts Completer Coin unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 100 POUNDS ·
Platinum Ounce 2022 The Lion of England unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 100 POUNDS ·
Platinum Ounce 2023 The Yale of Beaufort unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 100 POUNDS ·
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Platinum Ounce 2023 The Yale of Beaufort: Details
CountryUnited Kingdom
CurrencyPound Sterling
Coin TypePlatinum Ounce (1 oz)
Issued2023
MonarchQueen Elizabeth II
EffigyQueen Elizabeth II - Portrait by Jody Clark (Fifth Portrait)
Face Value100 (x Pound)
Mintageunknown
CurrentYes
Material0.9995 Platinum
DesignerDavid Lawrence
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size32.690 mm
Mass31.3860 g
OCC IDLGVB-OLDC-ZYNX-OMPX
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