2017 Great Britain 5-lb Cupro-Nickel Queen's Beast Lion BU

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The First Protector of Queen Elizabeth II is Here!

. . . With a Little Help from Her Friends . . .

When you're about to be crowned as the Queen of England at the age of 27, it helps to have a bit of protection! That's why the British Ministry of Works commissioned sculptor James Woodford RA to create a series of 10 heraldic beasts, each symbolizing a different chapter of the Queen's genealogy, for Her Majesty's coronation ceremony on June 2, 1953. First sculpted in plaster, the Queen's Beasts have had several homes since their debut, now residing in the Canadian Museum of History in Quebec. However, James Woodford RA also sculpted replicas of the beasts in Portland stone that now sit outside the Kew Gardens in London.

Introducing the Ferocious Lion of England!

Now, the Royal Mint is introducing the first design in the monumental Queen's Beasts coin series -- the Lion of England! Embodying the cherished virtues of bravery, strength and valor with a majestic presence, this beloved beast has served watch since the days of Richard the Lionheart. Now, nearly a thousand years since its introduction, the Royal Lion of England has been reimagined for the twenty-first century by acclaimed designer Jody Clark. In addition, Clark designed the coin's obverse -- the latest definitive coinage portrait of Queen Elizabeth II, used on all coins from the UK since 2015.

A Noble Creature, a Living Legend, a Treasured Keepsake!

Legal tender five pounds sterling, your 2017 Queen's Beast Lion of England cupronickel coin will arrive to you in Brilliant Uncirculated (BU) condition. With the Queen's recent birthday and accomplishment of being the longest reigning monarch in British history, we expect these tremendously collectible installments of the series to be acquired quickly! Don't miss out on your chance to start a new collection or just get a great piece of numismatic art -- buy yours today!

Year of Issue 2017
Country Great Britain
Composition Copper-Nickel - CuNi
Denomination 5.00
Currency Type Euro
Mint Name The Royal Mint
Coin Weight 28.28 Grams - g
Dimensions 38.6mm
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