|Coin||Silver Quarter Ounce 2021 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 quarter-ounce (1/4 oz) silver coins are denominated as fifty pence (50p).
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 quarter-ounce silver coin was issued as part of a ten-coin set on 28 June 2021, wrapping up the series.
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 · 50 PENCE ·. 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 features 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 below, the inscription FALCON OF THE PLANTAGENETS. Around above, interrupted by the bird's head, the date · 2021 ·.
The artist's initials JC (for Jody Clark) are in the lower right field next to the shield.
||FALCON OF THE PLANTAGENETS · 2021 ·
Finish: Proof FDC, reverse frosted (with polished designs and frosted surfaces).
Packaging and distribution: in mint set only.
|Issued in Set|
|The Queen’s Beasts 2021 UK Quarter-Ounce Silver Proof Ten-Coin Set, mintage 1,250
10 coins: Lion of England, Unicorn of Scotland, Red Dragon of Wales, Black Bull of Clarence, Falcon of the Plantagenets, Yale of Beaufort, White Lion of Mortimer, White Horse of Hanover, White Greyhound of Richmond, Griffin of Edward III
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