The Tudor Beasts Collection

After the compelling Queen Beasts’s collection, Royal Mint just launched a new series of collection – The Tudor Beasts Collections. The Seymour Panther will be the first coin of this series. Tudor Beasts Collection will absolutely become one of the hot collections amoung numismatics community.

https://www.royalmint.com/our-coins/ranges/the-royal-tudor-beasts/seymour-panther-2022/

Important News: Queen Elizabeth was seen using walking stick for what is believe to be the first time at a major public event. It will probably trigger Royal Fans worried about the Monarch’s Health. 

 

What are these Tudor Beasts?

They are:

The Seymour Panther

The Lion of England

The Greyhound of Richmond

The Yale of Beaufort

The Tudor Dragon

The Seymour Unicorn

The Royal DragonThe Queen’s Lion

The Black Bull of Clarence

The Queen’s Panther

The Tudor dynasty rose from the wars of the Roses conquest between the House of Lancaster and the House of York. When Henry VIII ruled after his Henry VII, He took these heraldic beasts as part of his lavish embellishment of the palace. These Tudor Beasts served to reinforce the legitimacy of his position on the throne and to highlight the regal lineage and strength of the Tudor dynasty.

If you have missed the Queen’s Beasts collection, do not miss the Tudor Beasts this time!

Next post, I will share the fun facts about Henry VIII. Stay tuned. 

 

Queen’s Beasts – the Completer Coin – Together as One

This is the final Queen’s Beasts coin in the Queen’s Beast collection since 2016 produced by Royal Mint. The Coin features ten beasts on the reverse which reuniting all ten beasts in one design. 

Here is the story of Queen’s Beasts:

The Queen’s Beasts are the ten heraldic statues representing the bloodline of Queen Elizabether II and the British monarchy. On 2 June 1953, the whole world witnessed a specacular of a very important occasion. The Queen arrived at Westminster Abbey for the Queen’s coronation. These ten Queen’s Beast stood in front of the temporary western annexe as formidable royal guardians.

 

They are:

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

The Falcon of the Plantagenets

The design for American Eagle Gold Coin – in God we trust. And in Gold we trust

The American Eagle Gold Coin is an officeal gold bullion coins of United States starting from 1986. It was produced by United States Mint. The composition of the gold coins included 91.67% gold, 3% silver and 5.33% Copper. Therefore, the fineness of this gold coin is just 22K.

The obverse of the gold coin depicts the figure of Lady Liberty. And the reverse design features a male eagle carrying an olive branch flying above a female eagle and her baby.

Let me tell you something special about American Eagle Gold Coins.

For the Eagle minted in 1986-1991, they are dated with Roman Numerals. And starting from 1992, US mint changed to use Arabic numerals for dating Gold American Eagle Coins. 

Here is the gold coin in 1990 with dated with Roman Numerals “MCMXC”.

And starting mid 2021, the reserve design of American Eagle Gold Coin changes again! It features a side profile of a Bald ealge.

The new design is stunning!                    

As the the new design is launching in mid of 2021, the collectors around the world will definitely collect the old designs of American Eagle Gold Coins especially the old design dated year 2021 and the those dated with Roman Numerals.

Why do Horseshoes mean Lucky?

I have received a very interesting coin recenetly. It is a coin in a horseshoe shape.

2021 Palau Lucky Horseshoe Antique Finish High Relief Silver Coin

Some people may see western people hang horseshoes over their doors of the buildings. Someone like me would like to ask the reason behind this little thing. Why horseshoes?

Let me share you a story about hanging horseshoes over the doors.

This story is about a hermit – St. Dunstan.

St. Dunstan was a very quite and humble hermit as well as skilled metalworker. He lived in a hut where near the church of St Mary.

One night, there was a Devil came to his hut as a woman. However, St. Dunstan vigilantly noticed that he was a Devil instead of a woman. He saw his cloven hooves beneath the dress he wore. Dunstan noticed that the Devil was limping on one of his cloven hooves. He pretended to offer a shoe to help the Devil. He then nailed a red hot horseshoe onto the Devil hoof. 

The Devil screamed and begged St. Dunstan to take it off. Of course St. Dunstan was not going to do it easily.

He said, “You have to make a promise that you will always respect the symbol of the horseshoe and never enter a building that is protected by the sign of a horseshoe.”

Nowsdays, people are still telling about this story to Children in England. And hanging horseshoes over their doors have become one of their tradional. Also, people have different preference about hanging heel up or Down.

Some says that if you hang the horseshoe like a shape of a cup, it means horseshoe fills with good luck, holding it for everyone who lives in that house. 

Some says that if you hang the horseshoe downward, it means good luck flows out from the horseshoe and onto all the visitors and family who come into that house.

Up or down? Which one do you prefer? Let me know your thought.

The Story Behind The 1933 Double Eagle

The 1933 Double Eagle Coin.

Source: https://commons.m.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:NNC-US-1933-G$20-Saint_Gaudens.jpg#mw-jump-to-license


The change of design for American Eagle gold coin triggers me to study the history or development of the American gold coins. And there is a fascinated story about the Amercian gold coins development in 1933 – The most famous gold coin – The 1933 Double Eagle Gold Coin.

I believe that most people will remember that in 1930s, US was in the bank crisis. In 1933, in order to end the 1930s general bank crisis, US president Franklin D. Roosevelt issued an important executive order – Executive Order 6102.

This Executive order 6102 was about:

  • All persons are required to deliver all gold coins and all gold bullion products which owned by them to Federal Reserve Bank.

It made:

The 1933 Double Eagle: America’s last gold coin struck for circulation and the last gold coin that can be legally owned by an individual.

However, a number of 1933 Double Eagle Gold Coins were stolen or rescured before melting and those stolen coins found their way into the hands of collectors before later being recovered. Some of the 1933 Double Eagle Gold Coins were acquired by King Farouk of Egypt who was a professional collector of many things.

In 2002, one of the 1933 Double eagle was sold to an anonymous bidder at a Stacks Bowers action in New York for USD 6.6 million.

In 2021, the coins was sold for more than USD 18 million.

If one day, you discover this 1933 Double Eagle Gold Coin, remember its story behind this gold coin.