The latest release in The Royal Mint’s Queen’s Beasts Collection is the Yale of Beaufort. Inspired by ancient symbols of power and identity, the collection brings to life the ten imposing statues that lined the entrance to Westminster Abbey in 1953 at the coronation of Her Majesty The Queen.
The seventh coin to be issued in the Queen's Beast range, The Yale is a mythical beast with characteristics of an antelope or goat, depending on the imagination of the artist and their desire to portray grace and elegance, or strength and determination. Strangely, it is said to have horns that can turn independently so in medieval illustrations it is often shown with horns pointing in different directions. The white and gold-spotted Yale of Beaufort has such horns along with the whiskers or ‘tushes’ of a boar.
The Yale of Beaufort was a symbol of Lady Margaret Beaufort, mother of Henry VII. The Yale of The Queen’s Beasts holds a shield with the blue and white quarters of Margaret’s arms but with a golden portcullis at the centre, a badge used by Henry VII. The portcullis is also part of the arms of Westminster City Council, which is home to Westminster Abbey where the coronation took place in 1953.
The obverse of the coin features a stunning depiction of the Yale with its distinctive horns. The reverse of the coin features a portrait of the British monarch Queen Elizabeth II, and the coin’s weight and gold purity.
An exclusive bullion coin from The Royal Mint’s Queen’s Beasts Collection
Struck in 999.9 Au fine gold
Minted to bullion standard
Both the coin’s obverse and reverse created by Royal Mint coin designer Jody Clark
Struck by The Royal Mint, the home of every official United Kingdom coin struck during Her Majesty The Queen’s reign