Regno Unito - 5 pounds, Griffin of Edward III, 2021

Queen's Beasts (blister)
Anno di emissione: 2021
Qualità: BU
Metallo: Copper-Nickel
Weight: 28.28 g
Diameter: 38.61 mm

Part lion and part eagle, the griffin combines the characteristics of the king of the beasts and the air to create a creature more powerful than either. Appearing in English heraldry from the twelfth century onwards, it was elevated to royal status by Edward III – the epitome of medieval English kingship and founder of the Order of the Garter based at Windsor Castle. Recast on a coin, the Griffin of Edward III completes the line-up of ten heraldic beasts present at Her Majesty The Queen’s coronation in 1953.