The tremendously popular Queen's Beasts series continues to hit its stride with this affordable, yet eye-catching pure silver tribute to the Red Dragon of Wales. With a gripping reverse design sculpted by acclaimed Royal Mint engraver Jody Clark, this palace-approved British legal tender issue is both a deserving addition to an excellent series, and a dazzling numismatic work in its own right. It's also exclusive, boasting a limited edition status of just 6,000 worldwide.
Struck from pure silver to flawless quality
This spectacular issue is a triumph of quality - both in the materials used, and the level of craftsmanship of the strike. Combining the prestige of 99.9% pure silver with the rigorous Proof standards of the British Royal Mint, the result is a truly show-stopping homage to the Welsh emblem.
Features a highly-detailed reverse motif
In an unusual twist, both the reverse and obverse of this coin have been designed by the same person. Royal Mint Engraver Jody Clark's work has been seen in British purses since 2015, when his design of a new portrait of Queen Elizabeth II began to appear on coinage. The Dragon motif on the reverse of this coin achieves an almost lifelike degree of realism. "Although the dragon isn't a real creature, I could still take inspiration from real animals," notes Clark of his design.
Clark studied a range of reptiles - crocodiles, lizards and snakes - until he was satisfied that he'd breathed enough life into his fiery subject. His research is immediately apparent in every scale, tooth and talon.
A national icon in British legal tender
Upon the obverse, Clark's recent portrait of Queen Elizabeth II - the winning submission he'd entered anonymously into a competition to design a new effigy - confirms each Proof's status as official legal tender of Britain.
Strictly limited edition
The attention to detail so obvious in the design and execution of this Proof continues into its presentation. Housed in informative, official Royal Mint packaging, it's a must for fans of the series, or indeed of official British coinage altogether. However, with a minuscule mintage of just 6,000, Macquarie Mint has naturally managed to secure just a small allocation as an official Royal Mint distributor. Swift action is recommended to avoid disappointment.