Silver Ten Ounces 2017 Lion of England, Proof, Coin from United Kingdom - detailed information

Silver Ten Ounces 2017 Lion of England, Proof, Coin from United Kingdom
CoinSilver Ten Ounces 2017 Lion of England, Proof

Like many other mints, the Royal Mint issues bullion coins in precious metals, having much higher intrinsic value than their face value. The ten ounce (10 oz) silver coins are denominated as ten pounds (£10).

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 smaller denominations with the same reverse designs.

This coin type is the first 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 stylized 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.

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 Lion of England is the crowned golden lion of England, which has been one of the supporters of the Royal Arms since the reign of King Edward IV (1461 - 1483). It supports a shield showing the Arms of the United Kingdom as they have been since Queen Victoria's accession in 1837. In the first and last quarters of the shield are the lions of England, taken from the arms of Richard I "The Lionheart" (1157- 1199). The lion and tressure (armorial border) of Scotland appear in the second, and the harp of Ireland is in the third.

The silver five ounce coin was issued boxed, Royal Mint Product Code: UK17QBST, issue price: £795.00, with issue limit boxed of 750 and maximum coin mintage 1,250, in Proof FDC grade only.

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Obverse
United Kingdom / Silver Ten Ounces 2017 Lion of England, Proof - 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 · 10 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.

Obverse Inscription ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 10 POUNDS ·
Reverse
United Kingdom / Silver Ten Ounces 2017 Lion of England, Proof - reverse photo

The reverse features the crowned Lion of England standing on its hind legs, ready to defend the kingdom. It holds the Royal Shield of Arms of the United Kingdom.

Around below, the inscription LION OF ENGLAND. Around above, interrupted by the crown, the date · 2017 ·.

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

Reverse Inscription LION OF ENGLAND · 2017 ·
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Notes

From the Royal Mint web page about the coin:
"Heraldic beasts are ancient symbols of power and lineage, passed down through the centuries from generation to generation. Some of the most famous of these emblems can be found in The Queen’s Beasts, inherited by Her Majesty The Queen and displayed at her coronation in 1953. These proud protectors of the monarch can be spotted in some surprisingly everyday places, like British passports, and regularly appear in British art and sculpture.

Royal Mint coin designer Jody Clark has taken inspiration from these fascinating beasts to create a series of ten dynamic reverse designs for this new collection. His fierce interpretation of the Lion of England is paired with the current circulating coinage portrait of The Queen, also created by Jody, on the obverse of the coin. This is the first official ten-ounce coin to be released in the UK. Struck in ten ounces of 999 fine silver, the coin has a diameter of 65 mm and is double the thickness of the five-ounce coin."

See also

Coins in the Queen's Beasts series featuring the Lion of England include:
- 1 oz Platinum Bullion, Lion of England, 2017
- 1 kg Gold Proof, Lion of England, 2017
- 5 oz Gold Proof, Lion of England, 2017
- 1 oz Gold Proof, Lion of England, 2017
- 1 oz Gold Bullion, Lion of England, 2016
- 1/4 oz Gold Proof, Lion of England, 2017
- 1/4 oz Gold Proof, Lion of England, 2021
- 1/4 oz Gold Bullion, Lion of England, 2016
- 1 kg Silver Proof, Lion of England, 2017
- 10 oz Silver Proof, Lion of England, 2017
- 10 oz Silver Bullion, Lion of England, 2017
- 5 oz Silver Proof, Lion of England, 2017
- 2 oz Silver Proof, Lion of England, 2021
- 2 oz Silver Bullion, Lion of England, 2016
- 1 oz Silver Proof, Lion of England, 2017
- 1/4 oz Silver Proof, Lion of England, 2021
- £5 Copper-Nickel Brilliant Uncirculated, Lion of England, 2017
- £5 Copper-Nickel Brilliant Uncirculated, Lion of England, 2018
- £5 Copper-Nickel Brilliant Uncirculated, Lion of England, 2019

Silver Ten Ounces 2017 Lion of England, Proof: References to Information Used
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All (34) coins of type: Silver Ten Ounces (10 oz)
Coin NameMintageEffigyLegend
Silver Ten Ounces 2017 Lion of England, Proof 684 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 10 POUNDS ·
Silver Ten Ounces 2017 Lion of England, Bullion unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 10 POUNDS ·
Silver Ten Ounces 2017 Unicorn of Scotland, Proof 344 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 10 POUNDS ·
Silver Ten Ounces 2018 Red Dragon of Wales, Proof 313 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 10 POUNDS ·
Silver Ten Ounces 2018 Red Dragon of Wales, Bullion unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 10 POUNDS ·
Silver Ten Ounces 2018 Black Bull of Clarence, Proof 264 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 10 POUNDS ·
Silver Ten Ounces 2018 Griffin of Edward III, Bullion unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 10 POUNDS ·
Silver Ten Ounces 2018 The Valiant unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 10 POUNDS ·
Silver Ten Ounces 2019 Unicorn of Scotland, Bullion unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 10 POUNDS ·
Silver Ten Ounces 2019 Black Bull of Clarence, Bullion unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 10 POUNDS ·
Silver Ten Ounces 2019 Falcon of the Plantagenets, Proof unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 10 POUNDS ·
Silver Ten Ounces 2019 Yale of Beaufort, Proof unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 10 POUNDS ·
Silver Ten Ounces 2019 The Valiant unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 10 POUNDS ·
Silver Ten Ounces 2020 The Three Graces 175 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 10 POUNDS · 2020 ·
Silver Ten Ounces 2020 Royal Arms unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 10 POUNDS ·
Silver Ten Ounces 2020 Falcon of the Plantagenets, Bullion unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 10 POUNDS ·
Silver Ten Ounces 2020 Yale of Beaufort, Bullion unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 10 POUNDS ·
Silver Ten Ounces 2020 White Lion of Mortimer, Proof unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 10 POUNDS ·
Silver Ten Ounces 2020 White Horse of Hanover, Proof unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 10 POUNDS ·
Silver Ten Ounces 2020 The Valiant unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 10 POUNDS ·
Silver Ten Ounces 2021 Britannia unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 10 POUNDS ·
Silver Ten Ounces 2021 Prince Philip 150 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 10 POUNDS · 2021 ·
Silver Ten Ounces 2021 White Lion of Mortimer, Bullion unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 10 POUNDS ·
Silver Ten Ounces 2021 White Greyhound of Richmond, Proof unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 10 POUNDS ·
Silver Ten Ounces 2021 White Horse of Hanover, Bullion unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 10 POUNDS ·
Silver Ten Ounces 2021 Griffin of Edward III, Proof unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 10 POUNDS ·
Silver Ten Ounces 2021 The Queen's Beasts Completer Coin unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 10 POUNDS ·
Silver Ten Ounces 2021 The Valiant unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 10 POUNDS ·
Silver Ten Ounces 2021 Royal Arms unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 10 POUNDS ·
Silver Ten Ounces 2021 James Bond 125 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 10 POUNDS · 2021 ·
Silver Ten Ounces 2021 Gothic Crown 231 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 10 POUNDS · 2021 ·
Silver Ten Ounces 2022 Platinum Jubilee unknown Equestrian Portrait of Queen Elizabeth II ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 10 POUNDS · 2022 ·
Silver Ten Ounces 2022 White Greyhound of Richmond unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 10 POUNDS ·
Silver Ten Ounces 2022 The Seymour Panther unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 10 POUNDS ·
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Silver Ten Ounces 2017 Lion of England, Proof: Details
CountryUnited Kingdom
CurrencyPound Sterling
Coin TypeSilver Ten Ounces (10 oz)
Issued2017
MonarchQueen Elizabeth II
EffigyQueen Elizabeth II - Portrait by Jody Clark (Fifth Portrait)
ReverseRoyal Coat of Arms of the United Kingdom
Face Value10 (x Pound)
Total Mintage684
Mintage Limit1,250
CurrentYes
Material0.999 Silver
DesignerJody Clark
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size89.000 mm
Mass312.590 g
OCC IDLBRP-ORRC-BVQD-OMNY
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