The British Royal Mint is one of the world's oldest operating mints and is responsible for the production of some of the finest bullion coins in the world market today. Known as the Queens Beast Series, the 2016 1 oz British Gold Queens Beast coin is now available from GSI Exchange.
Around the 12th century, British monarchs adopted the Three Lions in the national shield. Prior to this time, only people or families had shields, making the British monarchs among the first to adopt this practice for nations.
Over the centuries, the lion has been depicted in various positions, or attitudes, in the design of British crests. On the Queens Beast series, the lion guards the heraldic shield of Britain in rampant position, denoted by its raised forepaws and erect position. This indicates the lion is ready to strike.
Each 2016 1 oz British Gold Queens Beast coin in this GSI Exchange listing has a Brilliant Uncirculated grade. Coins in this condition show no signs of wear and tear, though you may notice minor flaws such as breaks in the luster, spotted surfaces, or contact marks.
The obverse side of the coin features the all-new right-profile portrait of Queen Elizabeth II. Replacing the 1998 design from Sir Ian Rank-Broadley, this design was unveiled in July 2015 for use on British coinage. Coin designer Jody Clark, at 33 years old, is the youngest to create the Queens portrait for the Royal Mint.
On the reverse is the image of the royal lion in rampant position, prepared to fiercely defend the heraldic shield of the nation. Engravings around the edge of the design field include Lion of England, 1 oz Fine Gold, 9999, and 2016.