2020 Tower of London The White Tower £5 Gold Proof Crown
A Five Pound Gold Proof coin, celebrating the iconic White Tower - a fascinating addition to The Royal Mint's 2020 Tower of London Collection.
The 2020 Tower of London Collection
The 2020 Tower of London The White Tower £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 some of the best known locations within the ancient fortress.
Four designs were offered as part of the 2020 Collection: The Infamous Prison, The Royal Mint, The Royal Menagerie and The White Tower. Coins in this collectible series have been issued in Gold Proof - like this example - as well as Brilliant Uncirculated and Silver Proof editions.
Britain's Most Famous Castle
The 2020 Tower of London The White Tower £5 Gold Proof Crown is an ode to the old keep of the Tower of London.
Work on the White Tower was begun by William the Conqueror. It was designed as a defensive structure but also provided accommodations fit for a king. During the reign of Henry III the Tower was whitewashed, lending the building its name.
Variously used as a palace and a prison (famously for the Princes in the Tower) the White Tower is now a key part of any visit to the Tower of London. The central tower now houses an extraordinary display of arms and armour.
An Ode to Norman Architecture
The reverse of the 2020 Tower of London The White Tower £5 Gold Proof Crown shows a Norman style arched window, inspired by a portal in the White Tower. This architectural motif unifies the four coins in the 2020 Tower of London collection.
In front of the window is the mace of the Chief Yeoman Warder - the most senior of the Beefeaters who guard the Tower. The ceremonial staff features a silver model of the White Tower with a large Union Jack flying above. The design of the 2020 Tower of London The White Tower £5 Gold Proof Crown therefore honours both the Tower and its traditional protectors.
Timothy Noad's Symbolic Design
Like all the coins in the 2020 Tower of London Collection, the reverse of the 2020 Tower of London The White Tower £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.
It's clear that the artist has drawn on his knowledge of English history and symbols to the creation of the 2020 Tower of London The White Tower £5 Gold Proof Crown.
A Five Pound Gold Proof Coin
Timothy Noad's reverse is paired with Jody Clark's fifth definitive portrait of Elizabeth II. The obverse also features the denomination: ‘FIVE POUNDS'. As this coin is legal tender in the UK, the 2020 Tower of London The White Tower £5 Gold Proof Crown is Capital Gains Tax exempt. The gold content of this piece means that it is also VAT free in the UK.
The 2020 Tower of London The White Tower £5 Gold Proof Crown is composed of 39.94 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.
A Collectible Coin from The Royal Mint
Whether the 2020 Tower of London The White Tower £5 Gold Proof Crown completes your collection of Tower of London coins or represents your first purchase, we think this is an excellent 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, its worth picking this piece up now.
Your 2020 Tower of London The White Tower £5 Gold Proof Crown comes in its original The Royal Mint presentation box with an informative booklet and a numbered certificate of authenticity.
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