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creatures are described as the Queen’s Beasts symbolising the history of Queen
Elizabeth II. Originally, the name referred to ten stucco statues with a height
of approximately 1.80 m which were created in front of Westminster Abbey on the
occasion of Queen Elizabeth II's coronation. Until today, the ten creatures
have adorned pieces of crockery, cutlery, candle holders and postage stamps
issued by Royal Mail.
With the English Lion only
the first creature adorns its own coin. The lion is a wide-spread heraldic
symbol, and in the case of England it probably goes back to William the
Conqueror who had a red crest with two golden lions. Since the reign of Richard
the Lionheart the two lions became three lions, and as such they form part of
the English crest.
Apart from the English
Lion, the Griffin of
Mortimer family, the White Greyhound of Richmond,
The English Lion will be
the start of the series. As soon as the next coin of the series comes out, we
will happily make it available to you.