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2019 Tower Of London The Ceremony Of The Keys £5 Crown Silver Proof Coin

2019 Tower of London The Ceremony of the Keys £5 Silver Proof Boxed
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At exactly seven minutes to ten o’clock every night, the Chief Yeoman Warder of the Tower of London performs the Ceremony of the Keys. This ceremonial and rigorous locking and unlocking of the Tower gates began under the reign of Edward III, who was outraged that he could turn up and walk into the Tower unchallenged. The ceremony was put in writing under Mary I, as she grew nervous about unrest, and fixed by the Duke of Wellington in 1826. Some say that the only time this prestigious ceremony has been disrupted since that year, was in 1940 when a bomb fell on the Tower. As part of a four part series of £5 Crowns issued in 2019 celebrating the Tower of London, this Ceremony was featured on the last. The design, by Glyn Davies depicts a set of large, old fashioned keys and a lantern resting on a table. Imposed around this scene is part of the architectural plan of the Tower of London. When this silver proof coin is viewed together with the other three coins in the series, the architectural plans come together to show a complete map of the Tower. An inscription reading ‘TOWER OF LONDON’ is written above the design, while another inscription around the edge of the coin reads ‘ON INTO TWILIGHT WITHIN WALLS OF STONE’ which is taken from a poem by Samuel Rogers. On the obverse is Jody Clark’s official portrait of Her Majesty the Queen, which has been used on UK coinage since 2015. This coin is one of 4,000 in this silver proof format, and comes in its original packaging from The Royal Mint. It is struck in .925 sterling silver and weighs 28.28 grams with a diameter of 38.61 milimetres.
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Obverse

Portrait of Her Majesty the Queen by Jody Clark. Fifth official effigy. Legend around: 'ELIZABETH · II · D · G REG · F · D · 2019 · 5 POUNDS'.

Reverse

Set of keys and a lantern. Background of plan of Mint Street and the Tower of London. Legend reads: 'TOWER OF LONDON'.

Edge

Inscription around the edge reads: 'ON INTO TWILIGHT WITHIN WALLS OF STONE'. Designed by Glyn Davies. 

Specification

28.28 grams of .925 Sterling Silver. Diameter: 38.61 millimetres. Face value: £5 / Five Pounds.

Presentation

From a limited issue of 4,000 pieces. Offered in its original box from The Royal Mint with a numbered certificate of authenticity.

Condition

The images provided of this product are stock photos. The coin 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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