25 Gold Pounds Proof (1/4 oz) - The Queen’s Beasts - The Griffin of Edward III - United Kingdom - 2021
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The Griffin of Edward III - 2021 UK 1/4 oz Gold Proof Coin stars an ancient mythological creature. With the body of a lion – the king of the beasts – and the head and wings of an eagle – king of the birds – the griffin was said to be both powerful and intelligent, known for guarding treasures.
The legendary animal is identified in the coin's reverse inscription which reads: 'GRIFFIN OF EDWARD III · 2021'. The griffin's upturned wings cut into the legend, creating a sense of movement as if the beast is climbing out of the coin. It is a dynamic, beautifully rendered design.
The griffin was closely associated with medieval monarch, Edward III, featuring on his private seal. A formidable warrior, Edward's fifty-year reign as King of England saw important developments in legislation and government, as well as the horrors of the Black Death.
This coin bears the badge of the House of Windsor: the royal house to which the Queen belongs. Emblazoned on a shield that the griffin rears over, the badge features the Round Tower of Windsor Castle – Edward III's birthplace.
As with all coins in the Queen's Beasts series, the Griffin of Edward III - 2021 UK 1/4 oz Gold Proof Coin is the work of Royal Mint designer Jody Clark. His creations are influenced by the original sculptures, studying real animals, and a childhood interest in fantastic beasts.
Clark is also responsible for the coin's obverse: the fifth definitive portrait of Elizabeth II to feature on her coinage.
Gold Proof Coin
- Weight g. 7,80
- Diameter mm. 22
- Fineness 999.9
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