The celebrated Queen’s Beasts series continues with an issue honoring the Red Dragon of Wales. These magnificently designed and detailed coins have been exceedingly popular with the stacking community and bullion collectors all over the world. The series is struck in .9999 pure silver. Each coin features the world-leading craftsmanship of the British Royal Mint.
The Royal Mint is a world leader in the production of popular Numismatic products, bullion issues and circulating coins. This series is not only extremely satisfying artistically, but they are also legal tender in the United Kingdom.
For use at her coronation, Queen Elizabeth II was presented with ten heraldic statues representing her ancestral houses. They were commissioned by the British Ministry of Works from English sculptor James Woodford. In 2016 the Royal Mint released the first issue in an anticipated series celebrating these magnificent statues. The Red Dragon of Wales is the third release in the series, having been preceded by the premier Lion of England in 2016 and the second, the Griffin of Edward III in 2017. This is the first series to strike a 2 oz. silver coin in the history of the Royal Mint!
The image used on the reverse of the coin is a stunning depiction of the Red Dragon of Wales. This ferocious and powerful serpentine dragon is pictured behind Coat of Arms of Llywelyn the Great and against a textured background. This image was designed by Jody Clark.
The obverse image used on the coin is the Fifth Portrait of Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II. This effigy was designed by the Royal Mint’s engraver Jody Clark and is the first portrait designed by an employee of the Mint in over 100 years. It was designed using digital technology and is the first effigy of any British Sovereign that did not require the traditional plaster modeling formerly required in the manufacture of medals and coins. This is now the standard portrait on commemorative and circulating British coinage.