Weight 31,2g (1 Troy oz)
Diameter 38.61 mm
Presentation Box and CoA Included
Buoyed by the monumental success of its Queen’s Beasts series, Great Britain’s Royal Mint has once again dug into its nation’s rich regal heraldry with a series dedicated to the famous Tudor dynasty. The kings and queens of the House of Tudor reigned in an era that saw England develop into one of Europe’s most powerful and influential states and a leader in the Renaissance movement. Now their reign continues with a fantastic and imaginative coins series. This coin is the second release in the series and depicts the Lion of England—the oldest and most iconic of the Royal Beasts.
It first appeared on royal emblems in the 12th century and has been part of the shield of England for as long as it has existed. Chosen to represent pride and courage, the Lion of England statue holds a shield bearing the combined arms of Henry VIII and Jane Seymour, symbolizing the strength of the couple’s union.
Known as the Lion of England, this beast stands guard along with nine other Tudor heraldic beasts that flank the Moat Bridge of Hampton Court Palace. They were erected by Henry, who was following the footsteps of his father, Henry VII, by making sure everyone knew it was his divine right to rule. One must also remember this occurred not too long after War of the Roses when the House of York and the House of Lancaster waged a bloody war to determine the succession of England’s monarchy.
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