QUEENS BEASTS: THE WHITE GREYHOUND OF RICHMOND 2021 United Kingdom 1oz silver coin
The Royal Mint, the original maker of UK coins, unleashes the White Greyhound of Richmond onto commemorative coins as the penultimate release in The Queen’s Beasts collection. Chosen as one of the ten ancestral beasts that lined the entrance to Westminster Abbey at Her Majesty The Queen’s coronation, the White Greyhound of Richmond has been reimagined for modern times.
The Royal Mint has over 1,100 years of expertise in making coins which mark royal occasions as well as significant events and individuals. The greyhound was first used as a royal beast by Edward III. Closely associated with the House of Lancaster, it later became a symbol of the Tudor family when it was bestowed on Edmund Tudor by his half-brother Henry VI. After slaying Richard III at the Battle of Bosworth in 1485, Edmund’s son was crowned Henry VII. He used the white greyhound to display his Tudor and Lancastrian ancestry, denoting his right to rule.
Henry VII used a version of the Royal Arms featuring the White Greyhound of Richmond, a powerful heraldic expression of the ancestry that denoted his right to rule; a lineage that extends to our present queen, who is a direct descendant of his.
The skilful blend of heraldic symbolism and dynamic realism are prominent with each commemorative coin design forming part of the Queen’s Beasts collection and the White Greyhound of Richmond commemorative coin is no exception. By using images of racing dogs as the basis of the coin design, this has achieved elegance in the design whilst also conveying the strength and power of the greyhound.
On the obverse of the coin we find the Jody Clark effigy of Queen Elizabeth II.
Presented in a custom wooden box with a themed shipper. A certificate of authenticity is enclosed.