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- Inspired by the mythical and medieval, The Queen’s Beasts Collection from The Royal Mint represents centuries of British royal heraldry. Royal Mint coin designer Jody Clark created the current coinage portrait of Her Majesty The Queen, the world’s longest reigning living monarch. He has now brought the beasts to life in a series of contemporary coin designs and the Lion of England leads the pack. The Queen’s Beasts Collection brings centuries of royal heritage and tradition firmly into the twenty-first century. The origins of heraldry can be traced back to the middle of the twelfth century, when knights painted their shields and the coats they wore over their armour to recognise ‘friend or foe’ on the battlefield. These emblems have survived hundreds of years, being passed down through generations, and still appear on everyday items like British passports. Some of the most famous heraldic symbols are The Queen’s Beasts. At the coronation of Her Majesty The Queen in 1953, ten statues symbolically guarded the entrance to Westminster Abbey. They were carved by sculptor James Woodford RA, each one standing six-feet high. More than 60 years later, Royal Mint coin designer Jody Clark has created a series of ten contemporary designs capturing these proud creatures. The Collection begins with the Lion of England, one of the earliest animals to appear in royal emblems. Jody’s lion is inspired by the original coronation statues, retaining a sense of sculpture, but with a dynamic feel to convey the power of the ‘King of the Beasts’. With mythical and medieval origins, heraldic beasts have captured the imagination of artists for centuries. They have represented households, monarchs and organisations, often passed down through generations. The beasts inherited by Her Majesty The Queen, and chosen to symbolically guard the entrance to her coronation, have inspired a new collection of coins struck in precious metals. Royal Mint coin designer Jody Clark has created a fierce interpretation of the Lion of England for the reverse of the first coin in the collection. Jody is probably best known for designing the current coinage portrait of The Queen that also features on the obverse of this coin. Struck in one ounce of 999 fine silver, the coin is finished to Proof standard and comes with a booklet produced in association with Clive Cheesman, Richmond Herald at the College of Arms.