The addition to The Royal Mint's renowned Queen's Beasts series was the eighth release, featuring the White Lion of Mortimer, meticulously crafted in .9999 fine Gold.
Back in 1953, during the coronation of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, ten marvelous creatures stood guard at the entrance of Westminster Abbey. These majestic six-foot statues symbolized the rich heritage and history that Queen Elizabeth II inherited on that momentous day. Honoring these royal protectors, a collection was created in their name, commencing in the year when The Queen became the longest reigning living monarch in the world.
The lineage of the White Lion of Mortimer traces back to Edward IV, passing down through generations to Queen Elizabeth II. Its shield showcases a white rose encircled by a sun, known as the "white rose en soleil," elements also present on the Great Seals of Edward IV and Richard III, and later adopted by George VI during his time as Duke of York. Unlike the Lion of England, the White Lion is depicted uncrowned, distinguishing its unique symbolism and significance.