Beagle pup puts collectors on the scent of a new coin series

Beagle pup puts collectors on the scent of a new coin series

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Portraying some of the most popular dog breeds in the world, our new Puppies 1/2oz Silver Proof Coin Series begins with the much loved beagle.

With a long ancestry dating back to the time of ancient Greece, the beagle is a small hound famous for its exceptional sense of smell. ‘Beagling’ is an expression used to describe hunting for hares and rabbits with a pack of ten or more beagles on the scent.

In the 16th century, England’s Queen Elizabeth I kept pocket beagles, so-called because they were small enough to fit inside a saddlebag when she joined with the hunt.

The modern beagle was developed in England during the 19th century and subsequently exported to America where it is now the fifth most popular dog breed among U.S. pet owners.

Like the adorable portrayal on our new Puppies – Beagle 2018 1/2oz Silver Proof Coin, these endearing dogs have soulful expressions which belie the fact that they’re incredibly active, full of fun and renowned for following their nose wherever a familiar or enticing scent leads them.

So curious and adventurous are they, in fact, that beagles react to boredom or loneliness by becoming extremely vocal. Which is interesting, because the word beagle is thought to have derived from the French becguele – noisy person!

Fabulous companions bursting with affection, they are also capable of useful employment. Some beagle puppies grow up to perform valuable work for customs agencies, searching out suspicious substances or food while maintaining their affable demeanour.

Collect the series

Four more Puppies coins will subsequently be issued with similarly cute illustrations featuring a

  • border collie
  • golden retriever
  • English bulldog
  • poodle

 

No more than 5,000 of each coin will be released in presentation packaging.

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