The Welsh Dragon Celebration 2016 UK £20 Fine Silver Coin fuses craftsmanship with enduring Welsh symbolism and Arthurian legend. The third in a series of £20 coins in 2016 to feature inherently British iconography, this addition joins its beautifully crafted predecessors, such as Her Majesty The Queen’s 90th Birthday £20 Coin. The latest collectable design brings to life the cultural identity of Wales and its people, transforming fiery red heritage into fine silver.
Struck in 999 Ag Fine Silver, The Welsh Dragon Celebration 2016 UK £20 Fine Silver Coin is the third in the Commemorative Series in 2016 by The Royal Mint. The coin is designed by Royal Academy of Art graduate and celebrated Royal Academy sculptor, Norman Sillman. Commissioned by The Royal Mint in 1995 and 2000, Sillman was the first to emboss the dragon onto the £1 coin, and has remained in the pockets of the Great British public ever since.
The red dragon is as a symbol of Welsh pride, ferocity and determination. Sillman has used the face of the £20 to sculpt a scaled and unflinching defender of the realm, channelling the spirit of Wales into its posture and poise, ensuring it is worthy of Celtic legend and representative of a contemporary Welsh attitude.
The £20 coin also captures a new effigy of The Queen, designed by Royal Mint engraver Jody Clark. Her Majesty’s gentle and warm expression describes a modern monarchy, embraced and respected by a global community. The release of the £20 coin coincides with Her Majesty’s 90th birthday celebrations, making this fine silver coin a valuable addition to a collection.