1 oz British Queen's Beasts Unicorn Gold Coin (2018)
(Excluding International Orders)
The 1 oz Unicorn of Scotland gold coin is the 4th release in the 10-coin Queen’s Beasts series from The Royal Mint.
Gold unicorn coins contain 1 troy oz of .9999 fine gold. These are sovereign coins fully backed by the British government.
The back of the coin features the powerful Unicorn of Scotland along with the weight, purity, and year-date. The unicorn is featured with a Lion of England shield -- a symbol of the unification of the thrones of Scotland and England after James I was coronated in 1603.
An effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II adorns the front of the coin along with the face value of 100 pounds.
The Queen’s Beasts are inspired by centuries of history and royal heraldry. The ten coins depict the genealogy of Queen Elizabeth II, with each of the heraldic beasts symbolizing the various strands of The Queen’s royal ancestry.
The original beasts were a series of 6-foot tall statues that stood guard outside The Queen’s coronation ceremony in Westminster Abbey on June 2, 1953.
Today, they are re-imagined as beautiful, bullion coins.
Each proud beast was used as a heraldic badge by generations that came before Queen Elizabeth II. Centuries ago, these badges adorned the flags and shields of armies as they charged into battle -- not only to identify each side but also to serve as a symbol of royal lineage and title.
Ancient Unicorn of Scotland heraldic badge.