For the first time in 1100 years, The Royal Mint has produced a gold coin that weighs 10 kg. A part of a commemorative series of coins, Queen’s Beats, this coin took around 400 hours to make.
Capturing 10 beasts in a single design, the coin concludes the Queen’s Beasts commemorative coin collection. The series was inspired from the 10 stone statues that lined up Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth’s route to Westminster Abbey for her Coronation in 1953.
Starting with the Lion of England in 2017, the collection has showcased the history and symbolism of each creature in turn. The last coin reunites all 10 beasts in one design, also including a lion, griffin, falcon, bull, yale, greyhound, dragon, unicorn and horse.
A blended method of innovative technology with traditional minting skills was used to make this awe-inspiring coin. The design was carefully engraved upon the coin, which has a denomination of 10,000 pounds. The coin took 4 days to polish. Finally, the coin was laser-frosted to texture the surface.
The price of the coin is yet to be announced. Though a coin of this calibre and craftsmanship would be priced in the region of six figure pounds.
Royal Mint’s statement
Clare Maclennan, the divisional director of commemorative coins at the Royal Mint, said: “We are delighted to unveil a Royal Mint first with the creation of the UK’s largest coin to celebrate the conclusion of our Queen’s Beasts commemorative coin collection. It is the latest in our Masterworks series, which offer unique works of art for collectors, exclusively from the Royal Mint.”
He went on, “The Royal Mint’s Queen’s Beasts commemorative coin collection has grown in popularity since the first beast was introduced in 2017 and has become a firm favourite amongst coin collectors across the globe. This coin sets a new standard for minting, combining centuries old techniques with innovative technology to create a unique and beautiful work of art. It is the largest coin ever created by the Royal Mint, and is testament to the expertise, craftsmanship and skill of our team.”