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For the very first time The Royal Mint has chosen to feature the Tower of London on a series of UK coins. Starting with The Legend of the Ravens, the collection continues with coins featuring The Crown Jewels, Yeoman Warders and The Ceremony of the Keys. Together the coins tell the story of this mighty stone fortress and the ancient ceremonies that still take place within these walls.
The Crown Jewels are kept under armed guard at the Tower of London and are one of Britain's most iconic attractions, seen by visitors the world over to catch a glimpse of the Crown Jewels.
The collection has come together over the centuries, but most was destroyed after the English Civil War. After the restoration when King Charles II came to the throne, he ordered the recreation of the Crown Jewels after the previous medieval collection was melted down and minted into new coins under the orders of Oliver Cromwell and the victorious Parliamentarians.
The fifth crowned portrait of HM Queen Elizabeth II facing right, wearing the George IV State Diadem and drop earrings.
ELIZABETH II·D·G·REG·F·D·5 POUNDS·2019·
Depicts the crown of Mary of Modena, surrounded by the huge stone Tower walls.
TOWER OF LONDON
A phrase from the poem Human Life of Samuel Rogers (1763–1855):
ON INTO TWILIGHT WITHIN WALLS OF STONE