The Queen’s Beasts coin weighs 10 kg and took 400 hours to make.
The Royal Mint has produced the largest gold coin in its 1,100-year history. The Mint described the coin as a “masterwork” that took 400 hours to create, including four days of polishing.
The coin has already found a buyer. The Mint did not provide any information about the sale or the buyer, but stated that a coin of this quality and craftsmanship would be priced in the six-figure amount. A team of master craftspeople at the Mint combined traditional skills with cutting-edge technology to produce the 20cm-wide coin.
At the start of the process, engraving machines were used to carefully carve the design onto the coin. Models of the design are available in a variety of finishes, starting at £13 for a £5 denomination uncirculated coin, for those whose budgets would not fit to purchase the coin.
The coin finishes the Queen’s Beasts commemorative coin collection from the Mint. The ten statues that lined the Queen’s route to Westminster Abbey during her coronation in 1953 served as inspiration for the series.
The coin features a lion, griffin, falcon, bull, yale, greyhound, dragon, unicorn, and horse, as well as a griffin, falcon, bull, yale, greyhound, dragon, unicorn, and horse.
Clare Maclennan, the divisional director of commemorative coins at the Royal Mint, said: “We are delighted to unveil a Royal Mint first with the creation of the UK’s largest coin to celebrate the conclusion of our Queen’s Beasts commemorative coin collection. It is the latest in our Masterworks series, which offer unique works of art for collectors, exclusively from the Royal Mint.
The Royal Mint Address: Ynysmaerdy, Pontyclun CF72 8YT, United Kingdom
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