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2020 Tower Of London Royal Menagerie Five Pound Silver Proof Coin

UK20MNSP 2020 Tower Of London Royal Menagerie Five Pound Silver Proof Coin Boxed
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This 2020 Tower of London silver proof Five Pound coin pays homage to the former Royal Menagerie housed at the Tower of London. Most people are unaware that the Tower of London used to have a zoo, formally called the Royal Menagerie. The Historic Royal Palaces has collaborated with the Royal Mint to issue this silver proof £5 Crown, which is issued with its original limited edition packaging. King John, who ruled over England between 1199 and 1216, was believed to be the first monarch to have kept wild animals at the tower, with contemporary evidence showing payments being made to lionkeepers between 1210 and 1212. Soon there were leopards, a polar bear, an elephant and hyenas present at the castle. By the 18th century, the Royal Menagerie was opened to the public, but by 1828 the zoo had outgrown itself and a decision was made by the Duke of Wellington to close it. The animals were transferred to the recently constructed London Zoo, which is now the main zoological garden for the city. The reverse shows the same outline of a Norman arched window present in the other coins in the series, but with a three lions design which is a nod to both the creatures and the monarchs that called the Tower home. On the obverse, the fifth definitive UK coin portrait of Queen Elizabeth II can be seen. It was designed by the Royal Mint engraver, Jody Clark. This pre-owned 99.9% fine silver coin's specifications are a weight of 28.28 grams, and a diameter of 38.61 millimetres. Only 1,500 of these coins were issued by Britain’s national mint in this presentation.
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Obverse

Fifth definitive portrait of Queen Elizabeth II. Lettering: 'ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 5 POUNDS · 2020 ·’. Designed by Jody Clark.

Reverse

Three lions coming out of a Norman arch castle window. The outer lettering reads: 'TOWER OF LONDON'. Designed by Timothy Noad and includes Tower of London mint mark.

Specification

Face Value: £5 / Five Pounds (Crown). Diameter: 38.61 millimetres. Proof finish. Total weight: 28.28 grams. 925 sterling silver alloy.

Presentation

Pre-owned. Issued in the original Royal Mint packaging, which is composed of certificate and presentation box. Limited edition presentation of only 1,500.

Condition

The images provided of this product are stock photos. The coins you receive will be from the same issue and will have the same specifications. Some modern UK coins naturally develop toning or milk spots over time and these features may be present on the coin you receive. We cannot exchange coins displaying toning or milkspots.

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