2019 Tower of London The Ceremony of the Keys £5 Silver Proof
This 2019 Silver Proof Five Pound coin is inspired by an age-old tradition at the Tower of London: the Ceremony of the Keys.
The 2019 Tower of London Collection
The Tower of London The Ceremony of the Keys £5 Silver Proof is the final release of four coins, offered as part of an exciting 2019 collaboration between The Royal Mint and Historic Royal Palaces. The collection is the first time that the Tower of London has been celebrated on official UK coinage.
Designs issued in 2019 included: The Yeoman Warders, The Legend of the Ravens, The Crown Jewels and The Ceremony of the Keys. Coins in this collectible series have been issued in Silver Proof - like this example - as well as Brilliant Uncirculated and Gold Proof editions.
Glyn Davies' Historic Designs
The reverse of the 2019 Tower of London The Ceremony of the Keys £5 Silver Proof is the work of Glyn Davies: a designer whose work has featured on a number of The Royal Mint coins. Previous works include the 2017 Sapphire Jubilee £5 and the 2015 Remembrance Day Alderney £5.
Like all of Davies' designs for the 2019 Tower of London collection, the reverse of The Ceremony of the Keys £5 Silver Proof coin features part of an architectural plan of the Tower. When viewed together, the four coins in the series show a full map of the historic fortress.
The Ceremony of the Keys
Traditions endure at the Tower of London. Among the oldest is the Ceremony of the Keys: the ritual that secures the Tower for the night. Held at precisely seven minutes to ten, the ceremony has taken place since 1340 during the reign of Edward III.
Davies design for the 2019 Tower of London The Ceremony of the Keys £5 Silver Proof features the keys used by the Chief Yeoman Warder of the Tower to lock the main gates. Also featured is a candle lantern that has been used in the Ceremony of the Keys since 1919.
On Into Twilight Within Walls of Stone
The edge of the 2019 Tower of London The Ceremony of the Keys £5 Silver Proof bears an intriguing inscription:
'ON INTO TWILIGHT WITHIN WALLS OF STONE'
This is a line from ‘Human Life' by English poet Samuel Rogers, first published in 1819. The anonymous subject of Roger's poem is cast as a traitor and imprisoned in the Tower of London like many before him. The inscription is a chilling reminder of the Tower's historic role as a prison.
A Silver Proof Five Pound Coin
The obverse of the 2019 Tower of London The Ceremony of the Keys £5 Silver Proof shows Jody Clark's definitive portrait of Elizabeth II, in use on UK coinage since 2015. This commemorative coin is legal tender and Capital Gains Tax free with a face value of Five Pounds.
Struck from 28.28 grams of .925 Sterling Silver, this 2019 Tower of London The Ceremony of the Keys £5 Silver Proof coin is finished to Proof standard. That means that you can enjoy Glyn Davies' Ceremony of the Keys design as it was meant to be viewed.
From a limited edition presentation of 3,800, your 2019 Tower of London The Ceremony of the Keys £5 Silver Proof is offered in its original packaging from The Royal Mint with an information booklet and a numbered certificate of authenticity.
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