Queen's Beasts Griffin 2oz Silver Coin 2017

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Queen's Beasts Griffin 2oz Silver Coin 2017

Weight: 62.20 g
Purity: 999.9/1000
Country: United Kingdom
Mint: The Royal British Mint
Packing: 10 per Tube
Masterbox: 200
Grading: Mint State; Uncirculated
Tax: Taxfree acc. to article 17(1)3 Eston. VAT Act
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Sell back price: € 41.89
Product Description

The “Queen’s Beasts” is an exciting new gold and silver coin series from the renowned Royal Mint. The Queen’s Beasts Griffin is the second coin in the series. The series will consist of 10 planned coins that feature a version of one of the heraldic “Queen’s Beasts” statues that were created at the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II.

The Queen’s Beasts 2oz silver coin is the first 2oz silver coin to be produced by the Royal Mint. These coins are beautifully designed and celebrate Queen Elizabeth II’s royal line of ancestry.  

Fine Weight and Fineness

The Queen’s Beasts Griffin 2oz coin 2017 is the second edition of the "Queen's Beasts" series by the Royal Mint. The coin is struck from .9999 fine silver and is one of the purest silver coins on the market today. The key specifications are listed below.

Weight: 2oz

Thickness: 6 mm

Diameter; 38.61 mm

Nominal value: 5 pounds

History

The new Queen’s Beasts series of gold and silver coins were first issued by the Royal Mint in 2016. The lion of England, "Queen's Beasts 2016 - The Lion", was selected for the first coin of the series. The silver coins are only minted in the 2oz size. The gold coins are issued in 1 oz and ¼ oz.

In 1953, at the coronation of Elizabeth II, ten heraldic figures were created representing the family tree of Elizabeth. The sculptor James Woodford (1893-1976) created 10 statues based on the former heraldic animals of the United Kingdom. Each statue is 1.83 m in height.

 

These creatures are now referred to as the "Queen’s Beasts." The planned motifs in the series also refer to the British coat of arms and are linked to Queen Elizabeth II heraldry.

The following statues were created:

The lion of England
The griffin of Edward III
The falcon of the Plantagenets
The black bull of Clarence
The yale of Beaufort
The white lion of Mortimer
The white greyhound of Richmond
The red dragon of Wales
The unicorn of Scotland
The white horse of Hanover

Appearance

To give the coin stability and to improve the 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 front of the coin is a griffin, an ancient mystical creature, which has been depicted on the English coat of arms for hundreds of years. The griffin was closely associated with Edward III and was engraved on his private seal. The griffin has been described as strong, alert, benevolent and brave.

In the background many intertwined chain links are represented. The inscription, which is located along the outer edge  reads:: "Griffin of Edward III • 2oz • Fine Silver • 9999 • 2017”. The initials" JC "are embossed underneath the motif, and represent coin designer Jody Clark from the Royal Mint.

The reverse depicts Queen Elizabeth II. The background consists of a coarse grained surface, which emphasizes the portrait in a special way and is very unusual for a coin. The inscription on the edge is "Elizabeth II • D • G • Reg • F • D • 5 Pounds"

Details

Country of origin: United Kingdom
Manufacturer: Royal Mint
Fine content: 999.9 / 1000
Fine weight: 62.20 g
Scratch resistance: poor
Rating: 5 Pounds
Coin edge: rippled