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Great Britain’s Royal Mint is celebrating the reign of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II with a brand-new series featuring The Queen’s Beasts—ten creatures that stood guard outside her coronation ceremony on June 2, 1953. Each beast, both real and mythological, represented a part of her lineage.
This latest release of the Queen’s Beasts series features the Falcon of Plantagenet. Chosen by King Edward III of house Plantagenet for his love of hawking, the Falcon was given as an emblem to two of Edward’s sons. In these depictions, they were shown standing on a closed fetterlock—perhaps signifying that they had no claim to the throne. In contrast, Edward’s grandson Richard was given an emblem of a white falcon standing on an unlocked and open fetterlock. Richard succeeded Edward as King Richard II.
This addition to the Queen's Beast series was designed and sculpted by Royal Mint engraver Jody Clark. Creator of every Queen's Beast design to date, Clark is best known for creating the most recent official effigy of Queen Elizabeth II used on British coinage.
You can secure the 2019 Queen's Beasts Falcon Proof struck in a variety of weights and metals, including:
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