1oz Silver Big Ben – Great Britain Landmarks of Britain
The debut of a new series from The Royal Mint, this coin features the iconic Big Ben in London! The limited mintage series, Landmarks of Britain, will feature four coins with contemporary designs depicting major locations within the United Kingdom. A limited mintage of 50,000 is uncommon for bullion from The Royal Mint and is sure to be a collector’s essential!
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With contemporary designs celebrating the major locations of the UK, The Landmarks of Britain series brings to life the iconic architecture and features that have shaped the nation. This is the first bullion offering in the series which couples designs from talented Royal Mint coins designers on both the coin reverse and obverse.
The Elizabeth Tower that dominates the skyline at the northern end of the Houses of Parliament is one of London’s most iconic landmarks. But while the tourists who flock to photograph it each day might refer to the clock as ‘Big Ben’, it is actually the great bell inside that bears the famous nickname, possibly used in honour of Sir Benjamin Hall, First Commissioner for Works 1855-1858. The original bell was cast in 1856 but quickly cracked. It was recast in 1858, but was to suffer the same fate. Finally a lighter hammer was used to strike a different section of the still damaged bell, giving us the distinctive sound, a musical note E, we know today. It is a sound that has become an unmistakable thread in the very fabric of British life.
Landmarks of Britain Series
First Release: Big Ben
Downtown London is a location people around the world long to visit, boasting everything from architectural icons and historical centers to global leaders and cultural hot spots. Many of the city’s landmarks are instantly recognizable from movies, television and artwork. But what do these locations look like when you visit? The Royal Mint’s new Landmarks of Britain series gives us a glimpse through the lens of the locals.The first bullion Landmarks of Britain release, with a mintage of just 50,000 coins, showcases the iconic Elizabeth Tower, home to Big Ben.
Big Ben is the nickname for the famous bell that has kept time for Londoners since 1859. It sits inside the top of Elizabeth Tower, which dominates the skyline along the Houses of Parliament. Tourists often mistakenly refer to the clock face as Big Ben and while this is untrue, the clock is well-known for its reliability and accuracy.
This Big Ben coin showcases collaborative imagery by Royal Mint designers Laura Clancy and Glyn Davies depicting Big Ben as a tourist might view the towering icon – from the street below. The tower is depicted as slightly obscured, by the environment and weather, providing a new perspective on a classic visual.
This new series combines the bullion appeal of its Silver content with the collectible interest of unique designs. The Landmarks of Britain coins are sure to follow the path of many Silver coin series, including The Royal Mint’s popular Queen’s Beasts series, seeing premium appreciation over time due to limited availability and high interest. Be among the first to own this series and build on your future with Precious Metals.
The specifications of these coins mimic the popular Silver Britannia, measuring 38.61 mm in diameter, containing 1 oz of .999 fine Silver and listing a face value of 2 pounds.The obverse features the fifth effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, created by Royal Mint designer Jody Clark.
Tower Bridge has been an iconic symbol of London since opening in June 1894. It spans the River Thames and is so well-recognized, it is often mistakenly called the London Bridge, which actually sits further west along the river. Its beauty is often underappreciated by the thousands of vehicles and pedestrians that cross each day, but it is truly a sight to behold for any visitor.
Buckingham Palace is certainly among the most famous residences in the world, having been the official London home of the British monarch since 1837. The neoclassical structure, marked by simplicity and blank outer walls, is contrasted by the highly decorative interior rooms of varying styles. Buckingham Palace remains a top tourist attraction that sees nearly half a million visitors each year.
Trafalgar Square, nearly in the very middle of London, has been a significant landmark since it opened in 1844. The square’s opulent fountains and lion statues make it a popular site for community gatherings, political demonstrations, annual celebrations and art installations.