The Queen’s Beasts Collection: A series of 10 coins from the Royal Mint Part II

In preparation for Queen Elizabeth II’s coronation in 1953, four new statues were added to the six ‘King’s Beasts’ to create the ‘Queen’s Beasts’ which stood guard outside Westminster Abbey during the celebrations. As four of Henry VIII’s beasts were not relevant to the current Queen’s lineage (she is not descended from Jane Seymour rendering the Seymour ‘beasts’ at Hampton Court unnecessary) four new beasts were created to reflect her specific ancestry. These were the Unicorn of Scotland, the Falcon…

In preparation for Queen Elizabeth II’s coronation in 1953, four new statues were added to the six ‘King’s Beasts’ to create the ‘Queen’s Beasts’ which stood guard outside Westminster Abbey during the celebrations. As four of Henry VIII’s beasts were not relevant to the current Queen’s lineage (she is not descended from Jane Seymour rendering the Seymour ‘beasts’ at Hampton Court unnecessary) four new beasts were created to reflect her specific ancestry. These were the Unicorn of Scotland, the Falcon…

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The Queen’s Beasts Collection: A series of 10 coins from the Royal Mint

In the first of a two-part series, we look at the six original ‘King’s Beasts’ of the ten heraldic statues representing the genealogy of Queen Elizabeth II. In part two, we focus on the remaining four, which were added for the Queen’s coronation in 1953. In 2016 the Royal Mint issued its first coin in the 10-coin ‘Queen’s Beasts’ series. The heraldic beasts on the coins illustrate Elizabeth II’s ancestry, the original six of which are based on Henry VIII’s ‘King’s…

In the first of a two-part series, we look at the six original ‘King’s Beasts’ of the ten heraldic statues representing the genealogy of Queen Elizabeth II. In part two, we focus on the remaining four, which were added for the Queen’s coronation in 1953. In 2016 the Royal Mint issued its first coin in the 10-coin ‘Queen’s Beasts’ series. The heraldic beasts on the coins illustrate Elizabeth II’s ancestry, the original six of which are based on Henry VIII’s ‘King’s…

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