2018 Great Britain 10 oz Silver Queen's Beasts The Dragon
- Contains 10 oz of .9999 fine Silver.
- Housed in protective plastic capsule.
- Obverse: Displays the effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, along with the face value of 10 pounds.
- Reverse: Features the mighty Red Dragon of Wales clutching a shield with its claws. The metal weight, purity and year are listed around the rim.
- Sovereign coin backed by the British government.
The 2018 Queen's Beasts Silver coin is the third 10 oz Silver Queen's Beasts coin from the Royal Mint. Add the third coin of this exciting 10 coin series to your cart today!
At the coronation of Her Majesty The Queen, 10 heraldic beasts stood guard. The original Queen’s Beasts, sculpted by James Woodford RA for the coronation ceremony held in Westminster Abbey in 1953, each stand six feet tall. The heraldic creatures symbolized the various strands of royal ancestry brought together in a young woman about to be crowned queen. Each proud beast, used as a heraldic badge by generations that went before her, was inspired by the King’s Beasts of Henry VIII that still line the bridge over the moat at his Hampton Court Palace.
Today, The Queen’s Beasts can be found at the Canadian Museum of History in Quebec, while Portland stone replicas, also carved by James Woodford, watch over Kew Gardens in the United Kingdom. But these mythical, ancient creatures such as the lion, griffin, falcon, bull, yale, greyhound, dragon, unicorn and horse have gone on to inspire the highly-praised new talent, Royal Mint Coin Designer Jody Clark.
The Celtic dragon represents sovereignty and power. The Welsh dragon was used in the Royal Arms in the sixteenth century and the Red Dragon of Cadwallader is the emblem on the national flag of Wales. The red dragon gained popularity due to it supposed link of being the battle standard of King Arthur and other ancient Celtic leaders. Its association with these leaders along with other evidence from archeology, literature, and documentary history led many to suppose that it evolved from an earlier Romano-British national symbol. During the reigns of the Tudor monarchs, the red dragon was used as a supporter in the English Crown's coat of arms.