|Coin||Silver Two Ounces 2021 Black Bull of Clarence, Proof|
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 fourth 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 Black Bull of Clarence descended to the Queen through King Edward IV. The shield shows the Royal Arms as they were borne by Edward IV and his brother King Richard III as well as all the Sovereigns of the Houses of Lancaster and Tudor.
The silver two ounces 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 · FID · DEF · 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 reverse features a dynamic depiction of a rearing Black Bull of Clarence, facing right. It holds a shield, quartered, bearing England's three lions passant guardant in the second and third quarter, and France's fleur-de-lis in the first and fourth quarter; these were the Royal Arms of King Edward IV expressing his claim to the throne of France.
Around below, the inscription BLACK BULL OF CLARENCE. Around above, interrupted by the bull's horns, the date · 2021 ·.
The artist's initials JC (for Jody Clark) are in the lower left field next to the shield.
||BLACK BULL OF CLARENCE · 2021 ·
|Issued in Set|
|The Queen’s Beasts 2021 UK Two-Ounce Silver Proof Ten-Coin Set, mintage 300
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 Black Bull of Clarence include:
- 1 oz Platinum Bullion, Black Bull of Clarence, 2019
- 1 kg Gold Proof, Black Bull of Clarence, 2018
- 5 oz Gold Proof, Black Bull of Clarence, 2018
- 1 oz Gold Proof, Black Bull of Clarence, 2018
- 1 oz Gold Bullion, Black Bull of Clarence, 2018
- 1/4 oz Gold Proof, Black Bull of Clarence, 2018
- 1/4 oz Gold Proof, Black Bull of Clarence, 2021
- 1/4 oz Gold Bullion, Black Bull of Clarence, 2018
- 1 kg Silver Proof, Black Bull of Clarence, 2018
- 10 oz Silver Proof, Black Bull of Clarence, 2018
- 10 oz Silver Bullion, Black Bull of Clarence, 2019
- 5 oz Silver Proof, Black Bull of Clarence, 2018
- 2 oz Silver Proof, Black Bull of Clarence, 2021
- 2 oz Silver Bullion, Black Bull of Clarence, 2018
- 1 oz Silver Proof, Black Bull of Clarence, 2018
- 1/4 oz Silver Proof, Black Bull of Clarence, 2021
- £5 Copper-Nickel Brilliant Uncirculated, Black Bull of Clarence, 2018