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.
The Tower is also home to Ravens, it is not known when the ravens first came to the Tower of London, but their presence there is surrounded by myth and legend. Unusually for birds of ill omen, the future of both Country and Kingdom relies upon their continued residence, for according to legend, at least six ravens must remain lest both Tower and Monarchy fall.
The first Royal Observatory was housed in the northeastern turret of the White Tower. Legend has it that John Flamsteed (1646 – 1719), the ‘astronomical observator’ complained to King Charles II that the birds were interfering with his observations. The King, therefore, ordered their destruction only to be told that if the ravens left the Tower, the White Tower would fall, and a great disaster befalls the Kingdom. Sensibly the King changed his mind and decreed that at least six ravens should be kept at the Tower at all times to prevent disaster.
This lovely silver-proof piedfort Five-pound coin comes complete with numbered Certificate of Authenticity, box and cardboard outer.
Metal: .925 Silver
Weight: 56.56 Grams
Diameter: 38.61 mm
Denomination: Five Pound