What are the ‘Royal Tudor Beasts’ and why do they feature on UK £5 coins?

In 2017, The Royal Mint revealed a series of brand new base metal UK £5 coins featuring an intriguing range of creatures called the Queen’s Beasts’.

Following on from their huge popularity, a brand new series of £5 coins has JUST been announced that will take you back to the time of King Henry VIII and the mighty Tudor dynasty!

Ten heraldic beasts have stood guard, still, and silent on the Moat Bridge of Hampton Court Palace for hundreds of years, representing the royal lineage of King Henry VIII and Jane Seymour.

The very first coin in this exciting series celebrates the King’s marriage to his third wife, signified by the beast known as The Seymour Panther.

2022 UK Seymour Panther £5

The Seymour Panther was gifted to Jane Seymour by King Henry VIII from the royal treasury of beasts. It is one of the ten magnificent King’s Beasts sculptures you’ll find if you visit Hampton Court Palace.

The exquisite reverse design of this brand new £5, by David Lawrence, depicts the panther in all its glory, with flames coming out of its mouth and ears. Known for its intoxicating breath, the Seymour Panther represents the union between the mighty King Henry VIII and his wife, Jane Seymour.

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This brand new coin marks the start of an exciting new series of coins celebrating the history of the Tudor dynasty. You can order your 2022 UK Seymour Panther £5 coin for JUST £10.99 (+p&p) today by clicking here >>

What’s more, the impressive size of the £5 coin is the perfect way to show off such detail – one of the reasons why £5 coins are the go-to issues for serious UK new issue coin collectors.

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The heraldic beasts of the Tudor dynasty

Over 400 years ago Henry VIII commissioned the sculpting of 10 heraldic animal statues. They were produced to represent the ancestry of King Henry VIII and his third wife Jane Seymour.

These became known as “The King’s Beasts” and can still be seen to this day, guarding the main entrance to Hampton Court Palace. One of the responsibilities of the beasts is to support various shields which themselves have symbols known as badges.

The Tudor Beasts outside of Hampton Court Palace. Credit: Wikimedia Commons.

King Henry VIII had numerous beasts decorating Hampton Court where the Queen’s own beasts now reside. The Tudor Beasts are: the Lion of England, the Royal Dragon, the Tudor Dragon, the Black Bull of Clarence, the Yale of Beaufort, the White Lion of Mortimer, the White Greyhound of Richmond, the Seymour Lion, the Seymour Panther and the Seymour Unicorn.

The Queen’s ten beasts were modeled after these creatures and guarded her coronation in 1952. Woodford, the sculptor instructed to produce these ten new statues, did not produce exact replicas to those of Henry VIII’s beasts, as these would have had little connection with Her Majesty’s own family or ancestry.

Now that you know about the history of the Tudor creatures, which beast are you excited to see featured on our £5 coin? Let us know in the comments below!


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As you may know, this is the very first £5 in a series of ten, with each coin representing a different Royal Tudor Beast.

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To celebrate this unprecedented Royal milestone, of the 65th anniversary of Her Majesty the Queen’s Coronation, The Royal Mint issued a £5 coin in 2018 in superior Brilliant Uncirculated quality, as a lasting tribute to this historic year.

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What are ‘The Queen’s Beasts’ and why do they feature on the new £5 coins?

In 2017, The Royal Mint revealed a series of brand new base metal UK £5 coins featuring an intriguing range of creatures called the ‘Queen’s Beasts’.

Today, the tenth and final beast in the collection, The Griffin of Edward III, has JUST been released!

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The Griffin, both striking and powerful in its appearance, consists of part lion and part eagle. Combining the King of Beasts and the Air, the Griffin is the strongest guardian of sacred objects and the most loyal defenders against evil.

The Griffin was first used as a royal beast by Edward III, so it is only right that his guardian be featured against the coronation shield depicting Windsor Castle, where Edward founded the Order of the Garter in 1348.

In heraldry the griffin was a lookout, often standing guard on roofs and doors, so it seems appropriate that the Griffin can be seen to be standing on top of the shield with his strong claws keeping tight grip.

This is the last beast to be issued as part of The Royal Mint’s Queen’s Beasts £5 series, so it is no doubt going to prove popular with collectors. With the addition of a design as striking as this one, it may very well become a collector favourite!

Why “The Queen’s Beasts”?

Over 400 years ago Henry VIII commissioned the sculpting of 10 heraldic animal statues. They were produced to represent the ancestry of King Henry VIII and his third wife Jane Seymour. These became known as “The King’s Beasts” and can still be seen to this day, guarding the main entrance to Hampton Court Palace.

In 1952, in preparation for the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II, sculptor Sir James Woodford was tasked to create ten new statues, similar to “The King’s Beasts” but more suited to the Queen. Woodford was instructed not to produce exact replicas to those at Hampton Court Palace as some of them would have had little connection with Her Majesty’s own family or ancestry.

The King’s Beasts guarding the main entrance at Hampton Court Palace

As the Queen arrived for her coronation at Westminster Abbey, she was greeted by 10 six-foot tall beasts each representing a different part of her genealogy and thus “The Queen’s Beasts” were born.

Sir James Woodford carving The Lion Of England

The 10 beasts were made up of ‘The Lion of England’, ‘The White Greyhound of Richmond’, ‘The Yale of Beaufort’, ‘The Red Dragon of Wales’, ‘The White Horse of Hanover’, ‘The White Lion of Mortimer’, ‘The Unicorn of Scotland’, ‘The Griffin of Edward III’, ‘The Black Bull of Clarence’ and ‘The Falcon of the Plantagenets’.

After the coronation, the beasts were offered to Canada as a gift. The Canadian government accepted and the beasts can still be seen today on display in the Canadian Museum of History.

The 10 Queen’s Beasts (Image: The Royal Mint)

The Queen’s Beasts in modern culture

Still to this day, the Queen’s Beasts play a hugely important part in British culture, in particular The Lion of England and The Unicorn of Scotland.

For example, they feature in the logos of some of our country’s most famous and important institutions, most notably The Royal Arms, 10 Downing Street and Buckingham Palace.

The Queen’s Beasts play an important role in modern culture

Now that you know about the history of these heraldic creatures, take a look around and you’ll be surprised how often you see them being used in everyday life.


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The Queen’s Beasts coins have proved incredibly popular with collectors since the very first issue and as we see the release of the final beast, the brand new 2021 Griffin of Edward III £5, I wouldn’t delay in securing one for to your collection today.

Your coin has been struck to a superior Brilliant Uncirculated quality, ensuring its quality is perfect for you to add to your collection. It will also come protectively encapsulated in official Change Checker packaging to preserve it for generations to come.

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