The White Horse of Hanover 2020 UK One-Ounce Gold Proof Coin

  • The White Horse of Hanover 2020
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The Queen’s Beasts

At the 1953 coronation of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, ten ancestral beasts each standing six feet tall guarded Westminster Abbey sculpted by James Woodford RA.

A Lion, a Griffin, a Falcon, a Bull, a Yale, a Greyhound, a Dragon, a Unicorn, and a Horse were bought together to symbolise the strands and legacies of royal ancestries as a new princess is crowned Queen. Each proud beast has been used as a heraldic badge by generations of monarchs that ruled before her.

Inspiration was taken from the King's Beasts of Henry VIII’s who still line the bridge over the moat of Hampton Court Palace.

The original Queen’s Beasts can now be seen at the Canadian Museum of History in Quebec, but stone replicas carved by the original sculptor James Woodford now watch over Royal Botanical Gardens, Kew.

The Royal Mint has celebrated these symbols of heraldry since 2017 and the sixth coin release in the series is the mythical Yale of Beaufort. The yale follows the Red Dragon of Wales and the Black Bull of Clarence which were released in 2018, the 65th anniversary of the coronation of The Queen.

The White Horse of Hanover 2020 UK One-Ounce Gold Proof Coin Specifications

  • Denomination: £100
  • Quality: Proof
  • Country of issue: United Kingdom
  • Year of issue: 2020
  • Composition: Gold
  • Weight: 31.21g
  • Diameter: 32.69mm
  • Reverse designer: Jody Clark
  •  Obverse designer: Jody Clark