The Tower of London Coin Collection : The Royal Mint - 2020 UK £5 Gold Proof Crown
The Royal Mint Gold Proof Crown is the third of a four-coin collectible series from The Royal Mint. The series honours the Mint's origins in the Tower of London, its home for over 500 years. All the coins are crafted by Heraldic artist and Scrivener to the Royals, Timothy Noad, in partnership with The Royal Mint and the Historic Royal Palaces. This third coin uncovers The Royal Mint's 500-year relationship with London's oldest standing building. Noad's design echoes The Royal Mint's 13th century coin production while it was based on Mint Street, during the reign of Edward I. Mint Street was no more than a narrow passageway within the protective walls of the Tower of London. The artist has produced a modern take on an Edward I silver penny of the period, in an exceptionally rare 'coin upon a coin' design. The silver penny's bust contains the inscription, 'CIVITAS LONDON', in reference to its origin Mint. The four coins of this Tower of London 2020 collection are united in their reverses by a Norman arched window motif. The window is a distinctive characteristic of the Tower of London, which aptly aligns with the curvature of the coin set. The Royal Mint coin's obverse also features the 5th Portrait of Her Majesty the Queen, Elizabeth II, by Jody Clark.
Erected by William the Conqueror with a nearly 1,000 year history, the Tower of London is the oldest standing building in London. The Tower and its grounds have been home to; the Crown Jewels, a palace, a fortress, a state prison, the Royal Menagerie, a public records office, Britain's arsenal and The Royal Mint. It is thronged with myths and legends such as; the ravens' departure will cause the fall of Britain or the Monarchy, multiple ghost sightings including the castle keep's White Lady, and a treasure trove of gold worth £20,000 is supposedly hidden within the grounds. The Tower of London is guarded by Yeoman Warders, or Beefeaters, who live on site and are descendents of ancient warders before them. In 1279, The Royal Mint became the centralised Mint of England, sited at the Tower of London by Edward I. The surrounding walled area became known as Mint Street and The Royal Mint remained there for over 500 years. In the early days of The Royal Mint, working conditions were less accommodating. Tampering with coins was considered treason and punishments including the removal of a hand at best and a terrible death at worst. Chemicals filled the air of the Mint and many died from its hazardous properties.
This four-part coin series from The Royal Mint pays homage to its own roots in the Tower of London with an elegant design finished to Proof standard. Each coin spotlights a different area of the Tower of London; the White Tower, the Royal Menagerie, the fortress as The Royal Mint and its infamous prison. The designs are unified by a Norman arched window, the hallmark of the Tower of London. Every coin includes an intricate edge scription and complementary information approved by the Historic Royal Palaces.