2022 The Tudor Beasts – The Lion of England 2oz .9999 Silver Bullion Coin
When the House of Lancaster overcame the House of York following the Wars of the Roses, a formidable dynasty was born. Henry VII, following his matrimonial union with Elizabeth of York to unite the houses, was keen to emphasise the legitimacy of his reign. He looked to the medieval tradition of heraldry to display motifs and symbols wherever possible, reinforcing his rightful position on the English throne to his subjects as well as rival claimants.
Ten stone beasts line the Moat Bridge, representing the lineage of Henry VIII and his third wife, Jane Seymour. Consisting of real beasts and mythical creatures, The Royal Mint is honouring these heraldic symbols of one of the nation’s most powerful dynasties with The Royal Tudor Beasts Collection.
The Tudor Beasts Collection will consist of The Seymour Panther, The Lion of England, the Bull of Clarence, the Tudor Dragon, the Greyhound of Richmond, the Royal Dragon, the Yale of Beaufort, the Seymour Unicorn, the Queen’s Panther, and the Queen’s Lion over the next five years.
The Lion of England
A brave and ferocious lion has featured on the shield of England for as long as it has existed. The lion represents English courage, strength, dignity and pride – traits that no animals native to the country at the time seemed to possess. The Lion of England assumed royal beast status in the early twelfth century during the reign of Richard I (1189–99), when heraldry was formally established. Used by Henry VIII as his dexter supporter, which means it appears on the viewer’s left-hand side, the Lion of England remains an iconic heraldic symbol to this very day, and perhaps in modern times is more representative of Britishness rather than Englishness. One of the first beasts to flank the parapets of the Moat Bridge of Hampton Court Palace, the crowned lion supports a shield bearing the impaled arms – a combination of two coats of arms – of Henry VIII and Jane Seymour.
The Lion of England is featured in the reverse design of the 2022 British Tudor Beasts Lion 2 oz Silver Coin. This design element features the powerful Lion of England seated behind the impaled Royal Arms of King Henry VIII and Jane Seymour. The impaled arms features the coat of arms of King Henry VIII with that of Jane Seymour, the third wife of Henry VIII. The reverse also features the inscriptions “LION OF ENGLAND”, the weight, silver fineness and 2022 year date.
The obverse features the effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, designed by Jody Clark, with the inscriptions “D . G . REG . F . D . 5 POUNDS . ELIZABETH II” around the edge of coin. There is a chain mail background texture adorning the obverse.
Individual coins are provided in a Swan Bullion plastic flip. There are 10 coins to a tube (20oz total) and 20 tubes to a monster box (400oz total).
|Designer (Obverse / Reverse)
|Jody Clark / David Lawrence
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