Silver Two Ounces 2017 Red Dragon of Wales, Bullion, Coin from United Kingdom - detailed information

Silver Two Ounces 2017 Red Dragon of Wales, Bullion, Coin from United Kingdom
CoinSilver Two Ounces 2017 Red Dragon of Wales, Bullion

Like many other mints, the Royal Mint issues bullion coins in precious metals, having much higher intrinsic value than their face value. The two ounce (2 oz) silver coins are denominated as Five Pounds (£5).

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 third 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 - 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 Red Dragon of Wales (Welsh: Y Ddraig Goch) was a badge used by Owen Tudor, after the story of the dragon on Llewelyn the Last's castle grounds. His grandson, King Henry VII, took it as a token of his supposed descent from Cadwaladr, the last of the line of Maelgwn. During the reigns of the Tudor monarchs, the red dragon was used as a supporter in the English Crown's coat of arms (one of two supporters, along with the traditional English lion). The beast holds a shield bearing a lion in each quarter; this was the coat of arms of Llywelyn ap Gruffudd, the last native Prince of Wales.

The Red Dragon of Wales bullion silver two ounce coin was sold by the Royal Mint in coin tubes (10 coins per tube), in Brilliant Uncirculated grade. Apart from the grade, they differ from the proof coins (issued in 2018) by their reverse inscriptions, and by the textured background both sides.

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Obverse
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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 · 5 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.

Obverse Inscription ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 5 POUNDS ·
Reverse
United Kingdom / Silver Two Ounces 2017 Red Dragon of Wales, Bullion - reverse photo

The centre of the reverse features, on a textured background, a dynamic depiction of the rearing Red Dragon of Wales, facing left. The beast holds a shield bearing a lion in each quarter; this was the coat of arms of Llywelyn ap Gruffudd, the last native Prince of Wales.

Around left in the outer rim (on plain background), the inscription RED DRAGON OF WALES. Around right, the metal content and date of issue 2 oz · FINE SILVER · 999.9 · 2017 (two ounces of 99.99% silver).

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

Reverse Inscription RED DRAGON OF WALES 2 · oz FINE SILVER · 999.9 · 2017
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See also

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

All (38) coins of type: Silver Two Ounces (2 oz)
Coin NameMintageEffigyLegend
Silver Two Ounces 2016 Lion of England, Bullion unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 5 POUNDS ·
Silver Two Ounces 2017 Red Dragon of Wales, Bullion unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 5 POUNDS ·
Silver Two Ounces 2017 Griffin of Edward III, Bullion unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 5 POUNDS ·
Silver Two Ounces 2018 Unicorn of Scotland, Bullion unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 5 POUNDS ·
Silver Two Ounces 2018 Black Bull of Clarence, Bullion unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 5 POUNDS ·
Silver Two Ounces 2019 Una and the Lion 3,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · FID · DEF · 5 POUNDS ·
Silver Two Ounces 2019 Falcon of the Plantagenets, Bullion unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 5 POUNDS ·
Silver Two Ounces 2019 Yale of Beaufort, Bullion unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 5 POUNDS ·
Silver Two Ounces 2020 Music Legends - Queen 500 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 5 POUNDS · 2020 ·
Silver Two Ounces 2020 Music Legends - Elton John 500 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 5 POUNDS · 2020 ·
Silver Two Ounces 2020 Music Legends - David Bowie 550 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 5 POUNDS · 2020 ·
Silver Two Ounces 2020 Bond, James Bond 2,007 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 5 POUNDS · 2020 ·
Silver Two Ounces 2020 James Bond, Pay Attention 2,007 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 5 POUNDS · 2020 ·
Silver Two Ounces 2020 James Bond, Shaken not Stirred 2,007 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 5 POUNDS · 2020 ·
Silver Two Ounces 2020 White Lion of Mortimer, Bullion unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 5 POUNDS ·
Silver Two Ounces 2020 White Horse of Hanover, Bullion unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 5 POUNDS ·
Silver Two Ounces 2020 The Three Graces 3,510 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 5 POUNDS · 2020 ·
Silver Two Ounces 2021 Britannia, Premium Exclusive 560 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · FID · DEF · 5 POUNDS ·
Silver Two Ounces 2021 Queen's 95th Birthday unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 5 POUNDS · 2021 ·
Silver Two Ounces 2021 Britannia, Proof unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · FID · DEF · 5 POUNDS ·
Silver Two Ounces 2021 Lion of England, Proof 300 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · FID · DEF · 5 POUNDS ·
Silver Two Ounces 2021 Unicorn of Scotland, Proof 300 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · FID · DEF · 5 POUNDS ·
Silver Two Ounces 2021 Red Dragon of Wales, Proof 300 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · FID · DEF · 5 POUNDS ·
Silver Two Ounces 2021 Black Bull of Clarence, Proof 300 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · FID · DEF · 5 POUNDS ·
Silver Two Ounces 2021 Falcon of the Plantagenets, Proof 300 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · FID · DEF · 5 POUNDS ·
Silver Two Ounces 2021 Yale of Beaufort, Proof 300 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · FID · DEF · 5 POUNDS ·
Silver Two Ounces 2021 White Lion of Mortimer, Proof 300 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · FID · DEF · 5 POUNDS ·
Silver Two Ounces 2021 White Horse of Hanover, Proof 300 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · FID · DEF · 5 POUNDS ·
Silver Two Ounces 2021 White Greyhound of Richmond, Proof 300 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · FID · DEF · 5 POUNDS ·
Silver Two Ounces 2021 White Greyhound of Richmond, Bullion unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 5 POUNDS ·
Silver Two Ounces 2021 Griffin of Edward III, Proof 300 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · FID · DEF · 5 POUNDS ·
Silver Two Ounces 2021 The Queen's Beasts Completer Coin, Proof 750 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · FID · DEF · 5 POUNDS ·
Silver Two Ounces 2021 The Queen's Beasts Completer Coin, Bullion unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · FID · DEF · 5 POUNDS ·
Silver Two Ounces 2021 Music Legends - The Who 550 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 5 POUNDS · 2021 ·
Silver Two Ounces 2021 Prince Philip 1,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 5 POUNDS · 2021 ·
Silver Two Ounces 2021 Gothic Crown 4,006 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 5 POUNDS · 2021 ·
Silver Two Ounces 2022 Platinum Jubilee 1,000 Equestrian Portrait of Queen Elizabeth II ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 5 POUNDS · 2022 ·
Silver Two Ounces 2022 The Seymour Panther unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · FID · DEF · 5 POUNDS ·
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Silver Two Ounces 2017 Red Dragon of Wales, Bullion: Details
CountryUnited Kingdom
CurrencyPound Sterling
Coin TypeSilver Two Ounces (2 oz)
Issued2017
MonarchQueen Elizabeth II
EffigyQueen Elizabeth II - Portrait by Jody Clark (Fifth Portrait)
Face Value5 (x Pound)
Mintageunknown
CurrentYes
Material0.9999 Silver
DesignerJody Clark
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size40.000 mm
Mass62.420 g
OCC IDAPVZ-EYRC-GXGW-OLMD
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