2021 2 oz Great Britain Queen’s Beasts - The White Greyhound of Richmond .9999 Silver Coin
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In 1953, ten statues guarded the entrance to Westminster Abbey at the coronation of Her Majesty The Queen. Known as The Queen’s Beasts, they were created to represent different strands of her ancestry. Today, these fascinating heraldic beasts have been reimagined for a new era, brought to life on our bullion coins. The White Greyhound of Richmond is the tenth and final release in the bullion collection.
On 2 June 1953, Queen Elizabeth II became the thirty ninth monarch to be crowned at Westminster Abbey. Outside the entrance, The Queen’s Beasts formed a guard of honour and a striking illustration of the royal line of descent. Taking its place amongst them was the White Greyhound of Richmond.
Swift and keen eyed, greyhounds were bred to chase game. Dogs of this kind were present in Britain during Roman times and were included in royal hunting packs as early as the twelfth century, enhancing their prestige.
In heraldry, the greyhound is associated with qualities such as fitness and skill, as well as faithfulness and loyalty. Elevated to royal status by Edward III, all of his descendants used the greyhound as a badge. It became closely associated with the House of Lancaster before passing to the Tudor family. Henry VII, the first Tudor monarch, displayed it to emphasise his dynastic right to rule.
Invest in royal heritage
Bullion has been chosen as an investment by individuals, governments and organisations for hundreds of years. It has long been regarded as a store of value and historically, and unlike many other investments, it has maintained its worth through difficult market conditions. With gold and silver more accessible than ever before, could now be the right time to diversify your investment portfolio? This two-ounce silver bullion coin presents a new investment opportunity in this range and is also available as a one ounce gold and quarter-ounce gold edition.
- Struck in two ounces of 999.9 fine silver
- Finished to The Royal Mint’s bullion standard
- Both sides of the coin were created by iconic Royal Mint designer Jody Clark
- The coin’s secure chainmail background texture symbolises strength and endurance
- Struck by the United Kingdom’s official mint – trusted by government and royalty