History comes alive at the Tower of the London. From Traitors’ Gate to the Bloody Tower, within its stone walls echoes of the past are everywhere. Once home to kings and queens, lions and bears, its most famous residents are the ravens.

The Ravens of the Tower of London is a group of at least six captive ravens which live at the Tower of London. Their presence is traditionally believed to protect The Crown and the tower; a superstition holds that "if the Tower of London ravens are lost or fly away, the Crown will fall and Britain with it".

This is the first time the Tower of the London has been celebrated on UK coinage and these infamous Tower denizens have been brought to life on the first coin in the series.


The fifth crowned portrait of HM Queen Elizabeth II facing right, wearing the George IV State Diadem and drop earrings.

The George IV State Diadem, officially the Diamond Diadem, is a type of crown that was made in 1820 for King George IV. The diadem is worn by queens and queens consort in procession to coronations and State Openings of Parliament. The piece of jewelry has been featured in paintings and on stamps and currency. It can be seen in the Queen's Gallery at Buckingham Palace.

ELIZABETH II DEI GRATIA REGINA FIDEI DEFENSATRIX means Elizabeth II, by the grace of God, Queen and Defender of the Faith.

Engraver: Jody Clark



Depicts a single raven stares back, surrounded by the huge stone Tower walls.

A special Tower mint mark features on an official UK coin for the first time (on the right).

Engraver: Glyn Davies



5 Pounds (Crown)

5th portrait, Quarter-Ounce Gold Proof Coin

Tower of London
Legend of the Ravens

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Type Commemorative Issue (Non-circulating)
Material Gold
Fineness 0.9999
Weight 7.8 g
Diameter 22 mm
Thickness -
Shape round
Alignment Medal
Royal Mint

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