The Royal Mint celebrates one of the most iconic Royal Palaces of the United Kingdom.
The Tower of London, the White Tower was built over a thousand years ago, by William the Conquer, it stands proudly on the Banks of the River Thames. The Tower’s long history has seen it bear witness to some of the great events from our history, including Anne Boelyn who was imprisoned and executed there, it was also home to the Royal Mint for over five hundred years. It was even London’s very first Zoo. Today it is home to the Crown Jewels and is guarded by the Yeoman Warders, who are all former members of the United Kingdoms Armed Forces.
Every night, for about 700 years, the Yeoman Warders, have performed a gate-closing ritual known as the Ceremony of the Keys at the Tower of London.
At exactly 21:52 the Chief Yeoman Warder of the Tower comes out of the Byward Tower, dressed in red, carrying a candle lantern in one hand and the Queen’s Keys in the other hand.
He walks to Traitor’s Gate to meet members of the duty regiment Foot Guards who escort him throughout the ceremony.
One soldier takes the lantern and they walk in step to the outer gate. All guards and sentries on duty salute the Queen’s Keys as they pass.
The Warder locks the outer gate and they walk back to lock the oak gates of the Middle and Byward Towers.
They then return along Water Lane towards the Wakefield Tower, wherein the deep shadows of the Bloody Tower archway a sentry waits and watches.
As the Chief Warder and escort approach, the sentry’s challenge rings out.
“Who comes there?“
“The Keys“ replies the Chief Warder.
“Queen Elizabeth’s Keys.”
“Pass Queen Elizabeth’s Keys. All’s well.”
All four men walk to the Bloody Tower archway and up towards the broadwalk steps where the main Guard is drawn up.
The Chief Yeoman Warder and escort halt at the foot of the steps and the officer in charge gives the command to the Guard and escort to present arms.
The Chief Yeoman Warder moves two paces forward, raises his Tudor bonnet high in the air and calls “God preserve Queen Elizabeth.” The guard answers “Amen” exactly as the clock chimes 10pm and ‘The Duty Drummer’ sounds The Last Post on his bugle.
The Chief Yeoman Warder takes the keys back to the Queen’s House and the Guard is dismissed.
The ceremony has never been cancelled and only delayed once when during WWII a bomb knocked a couple of warders off their feet.
This lovely Gold Proof Twenty Five pound coin, has achieved the highest grade at NGC PF70 and comes complete with numbered Certificate of Authenticity, box and cardboard outer.