2020 Tower of London The Royal Menagerie £5 Gold Proof Crown
A Five Pound Gold Proof addition to Tower of London collection, celebrating the castle's historic role as a royal menagerie.
The 2020 Tower of London Collection
The 2020 Tower of London The Royal Menagerie £5 Gold Proof Crown is part of the second release in a popular collaboration between The Royal Mint and Historic Royal Palaces. This collection celebrates the various uses of the fortress down the centuries.
Four designs were offered as part of the 2020 Collection: The Infamous Prison, The White Tower, The Royal Mint and The Royal Menagerie. Coins in this collectible series have been issued in Gold Proof - like this example - as well as Brilliant Uncirculated and Silver Proof editions.
Timothy Noad's Heraldic Design
Like all the coins in the 2020 Tower of London Collection, the reverse of the 2020 Tower of London The Royal Menagerie £5 Gold Proof Crown features a reverse by Timothy Noad.
Noad is known for his medieval-style calligraphy and illuminations, as well as his coin design. He is also the artist responsible for the 2015 Royal Arms One Pound, as well as the reverses of the 2002 and 2005 Sovereigns.
Noad draws on his deep understanding of heraldic history for his 2020 Tower of London The Royal Mint £5 Gold Proof Crown design, linking the story of the Royal Menagerie to the Kings and Queens who maintained this fascinating institution.
The Tower of London's Menagerie
Exotic creatures were status symbols for medieval monarchs. At different times English Kings owned polar bears, elephants, hyenas, bears, wolves and baboons.
From as early as 1210, these beasts were kept in the Tower of London. By the 18th century the Tower Menagerie was open to visitors. Admission cost three halfpennies or a cat or dog to be fed to the lions.
All the real beasts were moved to London Zoo in the 1830s but the 2020 Tower of London The Royal Menagerie £5 Gold Proof Crown pays homage to a fascinating aspect of the Tower's history.
The Three Lions and the Arms of England
Among the Royal Menagerie's earliest residents were three lions given to Henry III as a wedding present. This was a meaningful gift: Henry and other members of the Plantagenet dynasty used three lions passant (walking) as their personal arms.
Over the centuries this heraldic motif came to be seen as a symbol of England. You'll see this trio of fearsome beasts as part of the Royal Arms of the United Kingdom and being used as an emblem for various English national sports teams.
The lions on the 2020 Tower of London The Royal Mint £5 Gold Proof Crown emerge from a Norman arched portal: a hallmark of the 2020 Tower of London Collection and a distinctive feature of the Tower's architecture.
Five Pound Gold Proof Crown Coin
This 2020 Tower of London The Royal Menagerie Crown coin is minted in 39.95 grams of 22 carat gold. That's a fineness of 916.7. The pure gold content of this piece is 36.61 grams or 1.1771 troy ounces. Struck to proof standard, you are guaranteed a beautiful piece, made to be appreciated.
The gold composition of this 2020 Tower of London coin means that it is not subject to VAT. Additionally, as legal tender with a face value of £5, the 2020 Tower of London The Royal Menagerie £5 Gold Proof Crown is Capital Gains Tax exempt.
Like all the gold coins in this series the 2020 Tower of London The Royal Menagerie £5 Gold Proof Crown features an edge inscription identifying its subject, in this case ‘THE ROYAL MENAGERIE'. The obverse shows Jody Clark's definitive portrait of Elizabeth II with the year and denomination.
A Collectible Tower of London Coin
Whether the 2020 The Royal Menagerie £5 Gold Proof Crown completes your collection of Tower of London coins or represents your first purchase, we think this is a great addition.
This series reminds us of everything we love about collectible coins from The Royal Mint: a rich history, great designs from top artists and an unmatched attention to detail. As one of only 125 issued in this limited edition presentation, its worth picking this piece up now.
Your 2020 Tower of London The Royal Menagerie £5 Gold Proof Crown comes in its original The Royal Mint presentation box with a booklet and a numbered certificate of authenticity.
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