The ninth coin in the stunning new series of £2 Bi-Metal Coins featuring the Queen’s Beasts. The coin, issued on behalf of the British Indian Ocean Territory, features the Black Bull of Clarence.
As a symbol of power and might, the Black Bull of Clarence is related to the Queen through Edward IV, the first King of England from the House of York. Edward IV took power from Henry VI in 1461 and overturned a troubled Lancastrian rule over England resulting in a period of relative peace. It is said that Edward IV, along with his brother Richard III, often used the bull as a symbol during his reign.
Throughout time, the Bull has been an essential idol for many cultures, due to its impressive presence. Spiritually, a bull symbolises a reminder of one having everything one needs, representing wealth, courage and overall power. The Queen’s Beasts are ten heraldic statues representing the genealogy of Queen Elizabeth II which are depicted as the Royal supporters of England with each one consisting of a heraldic beast supporting a shield bearing the badge or arms of a family associated with the ancestry of Queen Elizabeth II. The original statues were commissioned to stand at an entrance of Westminster Abbey for Her Majesty’s Coronation in 1953. Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II celebrated her 95th Birthday in 2021 and we, therefore, felt that a series of coins featuring the Queen’s Beasts would be a perfect tribute to celebrate this event, a milestone that no other Monarch has reached. The obverse of the coin features the Pobjoy Mint exclusive effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.