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2004 Silver Proof Beasts Pattern £1 Coin Set

Since 1983, when the new pound coin was issued, the designs on the reverses of the coins have been changed in cycles of five years, one 'British' version, and four other designs each representing the four constituent parts of the United Kingdom. The next series of four national designs, 2004 to 2007, is based on bridges. To decide on this series, a design competition was held. Among the entries was a set of designs based on heraldic beasts. Although these were not the designs chosen for the new pound coins, apparently the design theme was considered good enough for the Royal Mint to issue them as a pattern set.

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Heraldic Beast Series

Lion, Unicorn, Dragon & White Hart

These four beasts represent England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland respectively.
The coins bear the inscription "PATTERN" where they would normally say "ONE POUND". They also have a plain edge rather than a reeded and inscribed edge, and the coins are hallmarked on their edge.

Heraldic Beast Designs

According to the Royal Mint certificate which accompnaies the set:-

Scotland

Familiar as a supporter on the Scottish and British Royal Arms, the unicorn has the head , body and mane of a horse, a goat-like beard, the cloven hoofs of a deer, the tail of a lion and a prominent long spiralling horn set in its forehead.

It was renowned for its rivalry with the lion, a rivalry that acquired a political dimension when the thrones of England and Scotland were united under King James in 1603. James was the first monarch to adopt the famous supporters on the Royal Coat of ARms - a lion for England and a unicorn for Scotland.

Timothy Noad's powerful representation of the unicorn features the crowned heraldic beast facing to the right and adorned with a chained coronet around its neck.

Wales

The heraldic dragon has a body of reptilian nature covered with a mail of plates and scales and a row of formidable spines extending from head to tail, ending in a great and deadly stinger. The fearsome monster has round luminous eyes, a dangerous spike on his nose, a forked tongue, eagle's feet and the wings of a bat. In heraldry, it is symbolic of power, wisdom and astuteness.

The Welsh dragon was used in the Royal Arms in the sixteenth century. A red dragon features on the royal badge for Wales and is a common device in the civic or family heraldry of the Principality.

Timothy Noad's portrayal of this beast displays the long forked tongue extending from an open mouth, a myriad of scales covering its head and vicious spines to ward off any enemies.

Northern Ireland

The White Hart, a male deer with branching antlers, has been used here to represent Northern Ireland because it occurs in the Royal Crest as used in the province, springing from the portal of a tower. Its history dates back to medieval times, being employed for example as the badge of Richard II.

In earlier versions of his designs, Timothy Noad incorporated elements from the Irish elk, especially in relation to the antlers, to reinforce the association with Northern Ireland heraldry.
Timothy Noad has depicted the beast facing to the left, with widely branched antlers protruding from its head and a long dense mane.

England

The lion is the most popular and one of the oldest beasts in heraldry. It appears in the arms of Great Britain, Denmark, Spain, Holland and numerous other European countries. As early as 1127 Henry I used the lion as an ornament on a shield. The early English heralds confused the lion with the leopard and although never drawn spotted as the real leopard, it was described as leo-pard, or a lion as a leopard.

Lions in medieval times were associated with Christianity, representing justice and righteous power and many royal coat of arms featured them. Richard I had three lions on his Royal Seal and subsequently this device came to be used as the Royal Arms of England.

The lion is the king of the beasts and has been used in the Royal Arms of England since the Plantagenets. Here the lion's head is shown in full-face and is crowned with a coronet of alternate crosses and fleurs-de-lis as in the Royal Crest and left-hand supporter of the Royal Arms.

Pattern Pieces

Pattern pieces differ from coins issued for general circulation. They are not finished legal tender coins and are widely recognised by collectors as exceptional items. The plain edge, coupled with their hallmarks and rarity ensure that they are distinct and highly collectable items.

On this occasion, the particular designs are unlikely to appear on any British legal coin, but making them available in this way helps to reveal something of the process behind designing a new United Kingdom coin.

Featuring representative heraldic beasts of Scotland, Northern Ireland, Wales, and England, these exceptional pieces are beautiful examples of numismatic art.

How the Designs are Chosen

Members of the Royal Mint Advisory Committee play a central role in recommending designs for United Kingdom coins, official medals, seals and decorations. Although the number of members has varied since it was established in 1922, in recent years there have usually been about twelve.

Chaired by Professor Sir Christopher Frayling, Rector of the Royal College of Art and Chairman of the Design Council England, the Advisory Committee is charged with raising the standard of numismatic art.

Five artists were asked to provide designs for a new series of one pound coins. Each artist chose a different approach to represent England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales, a wood engraver Edwina Ellis won with her series of designs depicting bridges.

Specification

Limited Issue

The issue limit is 5,000 sets.

Version Design Version Weight Alloy ASW Issue Limit
English Lion 22.50 mms 19.50 grams .925 0.2825 5,000
Scottish Unicorn 22.50 mms 19.50 grams .925 0.2825 5,000
Welsh Dragon 22.50 mms 19.50 grams .925 0.2825 5,000
Irish White Hart 22.50 mms 19.50 grams .925 0.2825 5,000
Complete Set     78 grams   1.1300 5,000
Terms & Delivery

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Bullion coins are provided as is and on occasion may have some minor scratches or edge knocks. These are not regarded as faulty or damaged goods as their gold content and value as a bullion coin is not affected. Any coin sold for a value less than a 180% intrinsic is considered a bullion coin.

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If your product is not a graded coin and is considered a bullion item it should be noted that these are bought and sold on low premiums over their precious metal content and not solely for aesthetic purposes, therefore some products may have edge knocks and/or marks. These edge knocks and marks do not alter the specifications of the coins.

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