2016 Great Britain 2ozt Silver Queen's Beast
The first of this 10 coin series produced by the Royal Mint depicts The Lion of England, one of the heraldic beasts that stood guard over the coronation of the Queen. The crowned Lion of England, one of the supporters of the Royal Arms since the reign of Edward IV in the 15th century, is portrayed supporting a shield showing the Arms of the United Kingdom, which also includes the stylized Lions taken from the arms of Richard I "The Lionheart" dating to the 12th century.
This 5£ coin measures 38.61mm in diameter and weighs 62.42g with a fineness of .9999 for a net weight of 2ozt pure silver. The measure, weight, and purity of the coins are verified at the centuries-old annual Trial of the Pyx and guaranteed by the British government.