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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Royal Tudor Beasts Celebrated on UK Coins… What we know so far

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The latest Royal Proclamation has just revealed some fantastic news for £5 coin collectors, as a brand new series of coins is set to be released celebrating the Royal Tudor Beasts and the mighty dynasty of King Henry VIII!

Just like the Queen’s Beasts series issued from 2017 to 2021, there will be 10 coins in total, each representing a different beast.

If the popularity of the Queen’s Beasts series is anything to go by, this new series is set to be in very high demand amongst collectors and royalty fans alike.

We can’t wait to see these new £5 coins when they’re released, but for now the designs remain top secret!

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Queen’s Beasts Series Commemorated with FINAL Celebratory £5!

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’.

The series has been inspired by the ten ancestral and heraldic beasts that have watched over Her Majesty The Queen throughout her unprecedented reign – from her coronation to her Sapphire Jubilee and beyond.

Today, the series as a whole has been commemorated with a BRAND NEW celebratory coin as a fitting finale.

Designed by acclaimed Royal Mint engraver, Jody Clark, the reverse of this coin features not just one, but ALL TEN beasts together on a single coin to celebrate the series as a whole.

The design features each heraldic creature from the series in a striking illustration of Her Majesty’s royal line of descent.

Recognisable as national symbols and representations of the great houses that vied for the throne, the beasts include lions, a bull, a falcon, a horse and a greyhound, as well as creatures of myth and legend.

The Queen’s Beast coins have been some of the most popular releases of recent years and this FINAL celebratory coin is the perfect way to complete the series.

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The History of 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.

The King’s Beasts guarding the main entrance at Hampton Court Palace. Source: Wikimedia Commons.

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.

He created 10 six-foot tall beasts each representing a different part of her genealogy and thus “The Queen’s Beasts” were born.

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’.

The Queen’s Beasts £5 coin series.

The Royal Mint Celebrate the Queen’s Beasts with Their Biggest Coin Ever Made

The ‘Queen’s Beasts’ coin is the largest created in The Royal Mint’s history. Source: The Royal Mint.

To mark the conclusion of the Queen’s Beasts commemorative coin collection, The Royal Mint issued a 10kg, 20cm wide coin with the denomination of £10,000.

Taking over 400 hours to produce (including four days of polishing!) this one of a kind original is the latest issue in The Royal Mint’s MasterWorks series.

The production of this coin combined traditional engraving machines to cut the intricate design, followed by a master toolmaker hand-working the coin to remove any marks from the cutting.

One lucky collector is already claimed to be the owner of this masterpiece, having allegedly paying a six-figure amount!

We certainly think it’s an impressive addition to any collection and it’s issue acts as a testament to the popularity and mastery of the Queen’s Beast coins.

Change Checkers have voted for their favourite Queen’s Beasts £5 Coin!

These impressive creatures have each been commemorated on highly sought-after UK £5 coins as a striking illustration of the royal line of descent.

We asked you to vote for your favourite Queen’s Beasts coin and the results are in…

Change Checkers’ votes for their favourite Queen’s Beasts coin from the complete collection.

It seems this brand new 2021 UK Queen’s Beasts £5 coin is the favourite amongst Change Checkers, as it takes an impressive 55% of the votes! The 2017 Unicorn of Scotland comes in second, closely followed by the recent 2021 Griffin of Edward III £5.

Will you be securing the brand new 2021 UK Queen’s Beasts £5 for your collection? Let us know in the comments below!

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