PCGS 2020 1oz Gold Queen's Beast 'White Lion' MS69

his beautiful 2020 1oz gold White Lion of Mortimer is the eighth of a series of ten from the “Queen’s Beasts” range of Royal Mint coins. These are ten statues which stood guard outside Westminster Abbey for the Queen’s Coronation, sculpted by J.Woodford RA in 1953.

The coin is 24-carat (or 999.9 purity) and contains one ounce of gold. Just like other British currency, this coin is exempt from Capital Gains Tax.  Both the obverse and reverse are designed by the Royal Mint’s Jody Clark.

The White Lion of Mortimer is another beast inherited by the Queen from Edward IV of the House of York and it was a favoured symbol of King George VI – Queen Elizabeth II’s father – prior to his coronation.

The Mortimer lion has no crown and has a blue tongue. This lion also sits, rather than rearing up, and holds a Yorkist shield bearing a ‘white rose en soleil’ (golden sun) on a half and half background.

The Queen’s Beasts statues are still standing, but are currently housed at the Canadian Museum of History in Quebec. Stone replicas can be found at Kew Gardens






When Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II received her crown on June 2, 1953, ten symbolic creatures, each representing a part of her centuries-long royal lineage, stood guard outside the coronation ceremony at Westminster Abbey. One of those six-foot-tall sculptures standing in silent deference was the White Lion of Mortimer, a fearsome creature that is also the latest release in The Royal Mint’s Queen’s Beasts series.

The seventh coin in the popular series, this White Lion of Mortimer coin bears a legal-tender denomination of £100 (one hundred pounds) and is struck in one full ounce of highly pure 99.99% fine gold. The symbolic coin depicts the creature standing on its hind legs behind a shield that displays a white rose encircled by a golden sun. known as a white rose en soleil, this is really a combination of two distinct badges – badges that appear on the Great Seals of both Edward IV and Richard III. It was also used by the future George VI, The Queen’s father, when he was known as Prince Albert the Duke of York. Unlike the Lion of England, the Mortimer lion has no crown and is often depicted with a blue tongue.