Obverse. Photo © Royal Mint
  • 200 Pounds 2022, United Kingdom (Great Britain), Elizabeth II, Royal Tudor Beasts, Seymour Panther
  • 200 Pounds 2022, United Kingdom (Great Britain), Elizabeth II, Royal Tudor Beasts, Seymour Panther
  • 200 Pounds 2022, United Kingdom (Great Britain), Elizabeth II, Royal Tudor Beasts, Seymour Panther, Box with a certificate of authenticity
Description

When the House of Lancaster overcame the House of York following the Wars of the Roses, a formidable dynasty was born. Henry VII, following his matrimonial union with Elizabeth of York to unite the houses, was keen to emphasise the legitimacy of his reign. He looked to the medieval tradition of heraldry to display motifs and symbols wherever possible, reinforcing his rightful position on the English throne to his subjects as well as rival claimants.

Henry VIII continued his father’s commitment to legitimising the Tudor dynasty. One such place that heavily features heraldic symbols is Hampton Court Palace – one of the king’s most famous residences and a place he used for pleasure and celebration.

Ten stone beasts line the Moat Bridge, representing the lineage of Henry VIII and his third wife, Jane Seymour. Consisting of real beasts and mythical creatures, the Royal Mint is honouring these heraldic symbols of one of the nation’s most powerful dynasties with The Royal Tudor Beasts Collection, dedicated to the ten heraldic beasts that flank the Moat Bridge of Hampton Court Palace.

Obverse

The fifth crowned portrait of HM Queen Elizabeth II facing right, wearing the George IV State Diadem and drop earrings.

The George IV State Diadem, officially the Diamond Diadem, is a type of crown that was made in 1820 for King George IV. The diadem is worn by queens and queens consort in procession to coronations and State Openings of Parliament. The piece of jewelry has been featured in paintings and on stamps and currency. It can be seen in the Queen's Gallery at Buckingham Palace.

ELIZABETH II DEI GRATIA REGINA FIDEI DEFENSATRIX means Elizabeth II, by the grace of God, Queen and Defender of the Faith.

ELIZABETH II·D·G·REG·FID·DEF·200 POUNDS·
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Reverse

Depicts the Seymour Panther standing proudly beside a shield bearing the Seymour Wings, surrounded by the inscription above and date below.

The Seymour Panther was given to Jane Seymour, Henry VIII’s third wife, by the king from the treasury of royal beasts. Like his father before him, Henry VIII adopted the panther as a symbol to reinforce his regal lineage. The statue appears on the viewer’s left-hand side (dexter) and the coat of arms depict the Duke of Beaufort’s arms, whose family Henry VIII’s grandmother descended from. Possessing the tail of a lion and the claws of an eagle, the heraldic beast is often portrayed as angry and incensed, with fire coming from its mouth and ears.

Standing fierce and foreboding on the Moat Bridge of Hampton Court Palace, the Seymour Panther was likely gifted to Jane Seymour by Henry VIII from the treasury of royal beasts. However, its original appearance was that of a leopard which represented the arms of the king’s previous wife, Anne Boleyn. In the year of Anne’s execution, which was the same year Jane Seymour replaced her as queen and consort, Henry VIII ordered all of Anne’s arms and badges to be replaced or destroyed. In an attempt to save money, whilst simultaneously honouring his new queen, he employed savvy thinking and ordered Anne’s leopard to be altered in order for it to become the Seymour Panther, which also served as the dexter supporter of her arms, meaning it appears on the viewer’s left-hand side. The panther is covered in spots, a feature the stone panther shares with the Chapel Court panther, and possesses a crown collar and chain down the body.

The Seymour Panther supports a shield bearing the Seymour Wings, which are conjoined in lure, meaning they are joined together with their tips pointing downwards. Wings used in heraldry symbolise peace, flight, freedom and spiritual transport, as well as denoting protection. The wings conjoined in lure on Jane Seymour’s arms are the most well-known in heraldic tradition.

Engraver: David Lawrence

SEYMOUR PANTER
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· 2022 ·

Edge

200 Pounds

5th portrait, 2oz Gold Proof Coin
KM#
Characteristics
Type Commemorative Issue (Non-circulating)
Material Gold
Fineness 0.9999
Weight 62.42 g
Diameter 40 mm
Thickness -
Shape round
Alignment Medal
Mint
Royal Mint

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