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The debut of a new series from The Royal Mint, this North American APMEXclusive® 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!
- Contains 1 oz of .999 fine Silver.
- Coins will be in protective capsules.
- North American APMEXclusive®
- First coin in new 4-coin series from The Royal Mint.
- Limited mintage of 50,000 coins worldwide.
- Obverse: Displays the effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, along with the face value of 2 pounds.
- Reverse: View of Elizabeth Tower, commonly nicknamed as "Big Ben", from the street level against an overcast sky.
- Sovereign coin backed by the British government.
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This limited mintage 2017 Big Ben coin is an ideal addition to any bullion collection. Add this 2017 1 oz Silver Landmarks of Britain Big Ben coin to your cart today!
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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 honor 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.
The minting of coins began in England around the end of the second century B.C. Around A.D. 650, coins were made by craftsmen called “moneyers” in London. In 886, during the reign of Alfred the Great, the London Mint was designated to be a single institution, though there were many other mints in operation around this time. In 1279 the London Mint was moved to the Tower of London where it remained for the next 500 years. Famed physicist Sir Isaac Newton was the Warden of the Mint in 1696 and as such was responsible for investigating cases of counterfeiting. Three years later he was made Master of the Mint, until his death in 1727, and was responsible for moving England from the Silver standard to the Gold standard in 1717.
The Royal Mint had outgrown its home in the Tower of London so during the 18th century the rickety wooden shacks the mint occupied were rebuilt to accommodate mechanized and rolling mills and coining presses and provide more space. Soon, however, the mint outgrew this new location and in 1809, the mint moved from the Tower of London to an adjacent site in East Smithfield called Tower Hill. By 1899, the Royal Mint was striking 100 million coins a year.
In 1967 it was announced that mint would move from its location at Tower Hill to Llantrisant, Wales, following Parliament’s decision to decimalize currency and in 1968 the first coins were officially struck by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II at the new location in Wales. In 1986, the Royal Mint celebrated 11 centuries of continuous minting. In 2009, the Royal Mint was vested into a government-owned company to provide greater operating and commercial freedom.
One unique aspect of the Royal Mint is a procedure known as the Trial of the Pyx, dates back to 1282 and ensures newly-minted coins meet required government standards. The trials have been held once a each year since their inception and have changed very little over time. These trials are presided over by a judge with a jury of expert assayers and were held at the Palace of Westminster before they were moved to the modern-day site at the Hall of the Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths. The ceremony was so named after the boxwood chest in which coins were placed for presentation to the jury.