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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Portrait of Her Majesty the Queen by Jody Clark. Fifth official effigy. Legend around: 'ELIZABETH · II · D · G REG · F · D · 2019 · 5 POUNDS'.
Set of keys and a lantern. Background of plan of Mint Street and the Tower of London. Legend reads: 'TOWER OF LONDON'.
Inscription around the edge reads: 'ON INTO TWILIGHT WITHIN WALLS OF STONE'. Designed by Glyn Davies.
28.28 grams of .925 Sterling Silver. Diameter: 38.61 millimetres. Face value: £5 / Five Pounds.
From a limited issue of 4,000 pieces. Offered in its original box from The Royal Mint with a numbered certificate of authenticity.
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Elizabeth II (1952-2022)
£5 / Five Pound
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Proof - Boxed with certificate of authenticity
2019 Tower of London £5 Crown
Collaboration between The Royal Mint and Historic Royal Palaces to celebrate the Tower of London
Final part of 2019 series: The Ceremony of the Keys
Limited edition of 4,000 pieces
Diameter: 38.61 millimetres
Struck in 28.28 grams of .925 sterling silver
Finished to proof standard
Face value: Five Pounds
Obverse shows fifth official portrait of Elizabeth II by Jody Clark
Reverse features keys and lamp with a section of the aerial view of Mint Street by Glyn Davies
Offered in original box with certificate of authenticity
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