Great Britain - The Yale of Beaufort 1 oz silver Proof, 2019
The yale is a symbolic and prestigious beast described in ancient times as the size of a hippopotamus with the tail of an elephant, the jaws of a boar and of a black or tawny colour. It descends to The Queen through Henry VII, who inherited it from his mother, Lady Margaret Beaufort, the matriarch of the Tudor dynasty. The mysterious art of heraldry has its roots in the medieval battlefields, when men faced each other in epic clashes. In its simplest form, colours and symbols were used on shields and flags so that large groups of enemies could tell each other apart. But these symbols have evolved through the ages, inspiring us to this day. The Queen’s Beasts have been revisited for a collection that celebrates remarkable royal times and brings the art of heraldry to life with contemporary designs.
Issue year: 2019
Weight: 1 οz