|Coin||Silver Ounce 2022 The Seymour Panther|
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) silver coins are denominated as either two pounds (£2) or five pounds (£5), depending on the occasion.
Initially, these were only of the Britannia type, but in 2015 the Royal Mint started to use the format for coins with other types of reverse designs, celebrating various aspects of British heritage.
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.
This coin type is the first 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.
Originally representing Anne Boleyn, and Katherine of Aragon before her, the Seymour Panther was given to Jane Seymour, the third wife of King Henry VIII, by the king from the royal treasury of beasts. Although the stone beast is depicted as a ferocious animal, with flames coming from its mouth and ears, the Seymour Panther symbolised a peaceful and loving union between the king and his consort who bore him the male heir he so desperately yearned for.
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 · 2 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 reverse of the coin show at its centre the Seymour Panther, representing the union between King Henry VIII and Jane Seymour, with flames coming from its mouth and ears. The beast wears a chained crown around its neck and holds a shield with a double wing device, which forms a part of Jane Seymour's arms as queen consort.
Around above, partly obscured by the panther's head, the inscription SEYMOUR PANTHER. Around below, · 2022 ·.
The designer's signature D.L (for David Lawrence) is below left, behind the beast's hind leg.
||SEYMOUR PANTHER · 2022 ·
|Edge||Plain, incuse inscribed||Edge Inscription||∙ HAMPTON COURT PALACE ∙ ROYAL TUDOR BEASTS
Finish: Proof FDC.
Packaging: in black presentation box, with a numbered Certificate of Authenticity.
Royal Mint Product Code: UK22TSPSP.
Date of issue: 6 October 2021.
Limited Edition 6,000 (boxed). Maximum Coin Mintage: 7,010. Additionally, 1,000 reverse proofs.
Issue price: £95.00
This is the only coin in the Seymour Panther series with an edge inscription.
Royal Tudor Beasts - The Seymour Panther design was issued in a variety of formats:
- 1 kg Gold Proof, The Seymour Panther
- 5 oz Gold Proof, The Seymour Panther
- 2 oz Gold Proof, The Seymour Panther
- 1 oz Gold Proof, The Seymour Panther
- 1/4 oz Gold Proof, The Seymour Panther
- 2 kg Silver Proof, The Seymour Panther
- 1 kg Silver Proof, The Seymour Panther
- 10 oz Silver Proof, The Seymour Panther
- 5 oz Silver Proof, The Seymour Panther
- 2 oz Silver Proof, The Seymour Panther
- 1 oz Silver Proof, The Seymour Panther
- £5 CuproNickel, Brilliant Uncirculated, The Seymour Panther