This coin is the first 2-oz silver coin minted by the UK’s Royal Mint to feature Jody Clark’s portrait of Elizabeth II on the obverse side. Clark’s fifth redesign of the Queen to show her in her later years was the first produced on British coins in 1998. The face value, £5, also appears on the obverse.
On the reverse side, we see the eponymous beast, a lion standing on its hind legs with one paw placed on the heraldic shield of Britain in front of it. The other paw is raised in a fearsome pose, claws outstretched as the lion roars. The lion is the official heraldic animal of Britain (just like the bald eagle is America’s symbolic animal).
The British 2 oz Lion is the first of ten coins in the Queen’s Beasts series. The series uses creatures from myth, folklore, and history along with heraldic symbols to celebrate British culture and the reign of Elizabeth II. The Royal Mint is over 1,100 years old, lending considerable weight to the history in question.
Each coin is struck in 99.99% pure silver and boasts a formidable 6 mm thickness and 38.61 mm diameter. The size and heft of the coin promise a satisfying handling experience, while the beautiful designs and symbolism behind them have proved captivating for many investors and coin collectors. These coins are fully backed by the British government and bear a nominal face value of £5.
- Two troy ounces of 99.99% pure silver
- Coin issued by the second-oldest mint in the world
- A beautiful design and a sizeable coin make for a satisfying handling experience
- Fully backed by the UK government
- Eligible for purchase in a precious metals IRA