The Royal Mint’s Royal Tudor Beasts collectable bullion coin collection now features the Lion of England coin.
The Royal Mint is back with another exciting addition to their collectable and bullion range, this time focusing on The Royal Tudor Beasts as it unveiled their Lion of England coin.
First introduced as a collection at Hampton Court Palace last year, where the original Royal Beasts still welcome visitors today.
The Lion of England
As one of the oldest and most iconic royal beasts in heraldry, Henry VIII chose the fierce lion to represent pride, courage and strength.
The Royal Tudor Beasts collection
The Royal Tudor Beasts collection, to be released over five years, allows consumers to create their own collection based on the 10 Royal Beasts chosen by King Henry VIII to line the Moat Bridge of Hampton Court Palace.
Andrew Dickey, Divisional Director of Precious Metals at The Royal Mint said:
“The introduction of the Royal Tudor Beasts onto bullion coins is an exciting moment for us at The Royal Mint. Featuring impressive designs, each bullion coin provides investors across the world with an opportunity to invest in gold, silver or platinum, while also being able to admire the skill, design and craftsmanship of each coin. Bullion coins are renowned for their value, tradability and liquidity and we are delighted to also be able to offer an aesthetic value to someone investing in our precious metals.”
Clare Maclennan, Divisional Director of Commemorative Coin at The Royal Mint said:
“We are delighted to launch the Lion of England as the second coin in our collectable coin range celebrating The Royal Tudor Beasts. Developed in collaboration with Historic Royal Palaces, these coins are already becoming a modern classic, inspired by the history of Hampton Court Palace.”
Emma Saunders, Senior Licensing Manager at Historic Royal Palaces commented:
“We are thrilled to launch the next commemorative coin within the Royal Tudor Beasts Collection, as well as introduce bullion coins to the series. The Lion of England is recognised worldwide as one of the most majestic of all the Royal Beasts and in this Jubilee year, it is the perfect way to commemorate this historic moment”.
The artist, David Lawrence designed each coin in the series to be a unique balance between naturalistic elements and stylised heraldic designs.
The Lion of England, often known as the ‘King of Beasts,’ is one of the most ancient and recognisable beasts in heraldic art, and is a traditional symbol of valour, strength, and heroism.
The lion initially appears in heraldry in the eleventh century, and has been used on England’s shield for as long as one has existed.
The Lion of England on the Moat Bridge at Hampton Court Palace was chosen to signify pride and courage, held a shield with the impaled – or united – arms of Henry VIII and Jane Seymour, symbolising the power of the couple’s union.
Visit www.royalmint.com/tudorbeasts to view the full collection.