The Athenian Owl 1 ounce Silver Bullion Coin is inspired by the ‘Tetradrachm’, an Ancient Greek coin with a face value of four drachmas. Struck in honour of Athena, the Greek Tetradrachm coin featured an image of the goddess in its obverse and an owl, the official polis of Athens complete with olive branch and crescent moon, on its reverse. The owl is a symbol of truth and wisdom and, per ancient mythology, sat on Athena’s ‘blind side’ to enable her to see the whole truth.
Silver coin BU quality 30 gr. Ag 999/1000, weight 30g, diameter 40mm. Chinese Panda gold and silver coins have become one of the major investment coins in the world coin market. They are characterized not only by their investability but also their collectability for the design of Panda coin change every year, which increases the artistic attraction and collective value of the coin. Panda coin is one of China’s most important coin programs each year.
The White Lion came to The Queen through Edward IV who inherited the creature from his grandmother, heiress of the Mortimers. Although Edward sometimes used the White Lion as a supporter of his Royal Arms, unlike the Lion of England the White Lion of Mortimer has no crown and its tongue and claws are blue rather than red. In heraldry lions are often ‘rampant’, standing with forepaws raised, but the Lion of Mortimer is often shown sitting rather like a tamed dog with its tail between its legs.
The White Lion of The Queen’s Beasts holds a Yorkist shield of blue and ‘murrey’ or mulberry colour with a ‘white rose ensoleil’, a white rose on a golden sun, combining emblems that were used by both Edward IV and Richard III. It was a badge used by George VI, The Queen’s father, when he was Duke of York.
Since 2017 The Royal Mint has reimagined a number of Her Majesty The Queen’s heraldic beasts through a series known as The Queen’s Beasts Collection. This exciting series draws its inspiration from the ten Queen’s Beasts statues that stood guard at Westminster Abbey on the day of The Queen’s coronation in 1953. The statues’ sculptor, James Woodford, is also responsible for the famous Robin Hood statues at Nottingham Castle.
The Royal Mint’s Queen’s Beasts Collection has proven to be popular, with a number of editions having sold out over the years. The White Lion of Mortimer (sometimes known as the White Lion of March) is the seventh beast in the series. It comes to The Queen through Edward IV, the first of the Yorkist kings. The beast stands proudly beside a shield bearing the white rose of the House of York imposed over a shining sun.
The Lion of England 2017 UK. One Ounce Silver Proof Coin of 999 fine silver finished to Proof standard. Limited Edition Presentation: 8,500.
The Lion of England Queen’s Beast is the crowned golden lion of England which has been one of the supporters of the Royal Arms since the accession of James I in 1603. It is supporting a shield showing the Arms of the United Kingdom as they have been since Queen Victoria came to the throne in 1837. In the first and last quarters of the shield are the lions of England. The lion and treasure of Scotland appear in the second, and the harp of Ireland is in the third.
In 2014, the Royal Canadian Mint will be kicking off a new biannual series as a follow-up to their very popular wildlife series: the Birds of Prey. The first issue, released in February, focuses on the peregrine falcon. There will be a total of four different Canadian bird of prey designs released in two years. With the .9999-fine Silver purity, face value CAD 5, articulate bird design and low mintage, the Canadian Birds of Prey 1 oz Silver Coins are sure to be a hit with bullion enthusiasts and coin collectors alike.