Queen's Beasts Dragon 2oz Silver Coin 2017
|Mint:||The Royal British Mint|
|Packing:||10 per tube|
|Grading:||Mint State; Uncirculated|
|Tax:||Taxfree acc. to article 17(1)3 Eston. VAT Act|
The 2017 Dragon of Wales 2oz silver coin is the third edition of the “Queen’s Beasts” gold and silver coin series from the Royal Mint. Each of the 10 planned coins in the series feature a version of one of the heraldic Queen’s Beasts statues that were present at the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II representing her royal line of lineage.
For the year 2017, the Royal Mint has issued two coins in the series with the motifs of the "Griffin of Edward III" and the "Dragon of Wales". The 2oz coin is unique, as it is the first time an official 2oz United kingdom silver bullion coin has been minted.
The 2017 Queen’s Beasts “Dragon of Wales” 2oz silver coin comes in brilliant uncirculated condition and represents a part of British history.
Fine Weight and Fineness
The Queen's Beasts “Dragon” 2017, the Queen's Beasts "Griffin" 2017 and the Queen's Beasts "Lion" 2016 all have a fine silver content of 999.9/1000. This high content makes the coin particularly sensitive to scratches, so it is recommended to leave the coin in its protective cover to protect it from damage.
Like the first two coins of this series, the Welsh dragon motif is distinguished by a special mintage quality and a very detailed motif. The motif is identical for both the gold and silver versions.
To give the coin stability and to improve stackability, the Queen's Beasts series in silver has an edge bar and a rippled edge. In addition, the slightly raised edge protects the motif from scratches and damage.
On the motif side of the coin the "Red dragon of Wales" can be seen. In front of the dragon, a shield with the coat of arms of Prince Llywelyn of Wales is depicted. The coat of arms can be seen on the statue of Llywelyn Fawr in Conwy, North Wales. It shows four individual lions on four fields.The background of the motif consists of filigree links interwoven with each other.
The writing is located in an optically remote area on the edge, which separates the motif from the edge bar. The inscription reads: "Red Dragon of Wales • 2oz • Fine Silver • 9999 • 2017". The initials "JC" are embossed underneath the coat of arms and stand for Jody Clark who designed the motif side of The Queen's Beasts 2017 coin.
The value side of the gold coin shows a portrait of Queen Elizabeth II. It is the fifth official portrait of Elizabeth by the Royal Mint, and has been used since 2015. The portrait was made by "JC" - Jody Clark. The coin background is covered with numerous point-like elevations.
The inscription on the edge reads "Elizabeth II • D • G • Reg • F • D • 5 Pounds"
"D. G. REG. F. D”. The abbreviation stands for "Dei Gratia Regina Fidei Defensor "(by God's Grace Queen, Defender of Faith).
The Royal Mint launched the Queen’s Beasts gold and silver coin series at the beginning of 2016 - The "Queen's Beasts" were designed in 1953 on the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II where sculptor James Woodford designed 10 heraldic statues about 1.83 m high and cast out of plaster. The other motifs of the series will also deal with British heraldry.
Queen’s Beasts statues :
The Lion of England,
The Griffin of Edward III (the Griffin Edwards III),
The Falcon of The Plantagenets (the Falcon of Plantagenets),
The Black Bull of Clarence,
The Yale of Beaufort (the Yale of Beaufort),
The White Lion of Mortimer (the White Lion of Mortimer),
The White Greyhound of Richmond (the White Greyhound of Richmond),
The Red Dragon of Wales,
The Unicorn of Scotland,
The White Horse of Hanover (the white horse of Hanover)
The theme of the second 2017 edition is the "Dragon of Wales" or "Red Dragon of Wales". The history of the Red Dragon, one of Wales' greatest legends, dates back to the 12th century.
The legend of the red Welsh dragon says that two dragons, a great white (symbol for the Anglo-Saxons) and a smaller red (symbol for the Welsh) fought. Although the red dragon was weaker, he was able to defeat the white dragon. The red dragon is still today the proud symbol of Wales and part of the Welsh flag.
The Royal Mint is the official mint of the United Kingdom and has more than 1100 years of history. It mints coins and notes of Great Britain and other countries. The Royal Mint manufactures the Sovereign which is one of the most famous and oldest gold coins in the world. The mint also produces the popular Britannia gold and silver coin series. Since 1980, the Royal Mint has been located in Llantrisant, South Wales, 20 km northwest of Cardiff.
Country of origin: United Kingdom
Manufacturer: Royal Mint
Year of issue: 2017
Fine content: 999.9 / 1000
Fine weight: 62.207 g
Scratch resistance: poor
Nominal Value: 5 GB Pounds
Motif Avers: Red Dragon of Wales
Motif Lapel: Queen Elizabeth II