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A North American APMEXclusive®, this exciting new series from The Royal Mint debuts with Big Ben. A landmark iconic of British culture, this coin features a limited mintage of 50,000 and is the perfect first release in a contemporary series dedicated to British architecture.
APMEX individually seals each MintDirect® Premier coin to ensure the authenticity and condition after the coins are removed directly from the mint boxes. Each coin is placed in a protective, non-reactive plastic polymer authentication card to protect your coin’s finish. This process seals the coin within the card, creating a tamper-evident package that guarantees your investment indefinitely. Learn more about the tamper-evident process here.
- Contains 1 oz of .999 fine Silver.
- Packaged in RF welded plastic polymer case (2 1/2" x 3 1/4"), protecting the coin's finish, with included authentication card.
- North American APMEXclusive®
- First coin in new 4-coin series from The Royal Mint.
- Limited mintage of 50,000 coins worldwide.
- Obverse: Displays an effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, along with the face value of 2 pounds on a new textured background.
- 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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Each year, The British Royal Mint introduces coins with the new year's date on them. New dies are engraved, prepared and deployed to strike the coins for each year.
The coin dies wear down over thousands of strikes, causing the details of the engraved die that transfers to the newly struck coin to flatten, diminishing the quality of the finished coin below standards. At this point, the dies are replaced. For each minting press, new dies may be required multiple times each year.
Once the new dies are installed, the strike quality (the detail transferred to the newly struck coin) returns to its maximum. There is no public notice that dies are changed, and each minting press changes dies at different times required by die wear.
Because each new year brings new dies, APMEX has designated all products delivered by The British Royal Mint during the first 30 days of their issuance that go through the MintDirect® process as MintDirect® Premier.
APMEX individually seals each MintDirect® Premier coin to ensure that the authenticity and condition of each coin is protected after they are removed directly from the mint tubes. Each coin is placed in a protective authentication card composed of a non-reactive plastic polymer to protect your coin’s finish.
The sealing process seals the coin within the authentication card, creating a tamper-evident package that will guarantee your investment indefinitely. If the tamper-evident package has been opened in any way, you will know it. After the process is completed, the coin in the tamper-evident package is removed from the machine and checked to ensure that the quality of the packaging meets our exacting standards. You now have a finished 2017 1 oz Silver Landmarks of Britain (Big Ben) MintDirect® Premier Single.
By using this process, APMEX can guarantee that the coins you receive are authentic and in the exact condition as they were when they left The British Royal Mint. The MintDirect® process gives investors confidence in their purchase, knowing that they can buy, hold or sell an authentic coin — guaranteed.
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.
Buy 2017 1oz Silver Landmarks of Britain Big Ben to Add Value to Your CollectionCoins from one of the oldest and most respected mints in the world add value to your collection due to the respect they command. Purchasing an item from The Royal Mint shows that you prize the history and continuity represented by that venerable institution and adds gravitas to your collection. The 2017 1oz Silver Landmarks of Britain Big Ben is an especially good choice right now, as this series is sure to become a resounding success. It can be difficult and expensive to build a series collection backwards, and this beautiful Big Ben coin provides the opportunity to get in on the proverbial ground floor of a thrilling new series from a respected mint.
APMEXclusive® Big Ben Coin Highlights an Iconic LandmarkIn a North American APMEXclusive®, The Royal Mint debuts the exciting new Silver Landmarks of Britain series with Big Ben. Bearing an iconic landmark of London’s skyline and British culture, this coin features a limited mintage of 50,000 and is the perfect first release in a contemporary series dedicated to British architecture.
APMEX moves these exceptional coins directly from mint boxes into individually sealed MintDirect® non-reactive plastic polymer authentication cards. This not only protects your coin’s finish, it guarantees the authenticity and condition of your item. The MintDirect® process seals the coin within the card, creating a tamper-evident package that preserves your investment indefinitely.
The Value of MintDirect® Premier Coins for Your CollectionCoin dies naturally wear down over thousands of strikes, causing the details of the engraved die that transfers to the newly struck coin to soften, diminishing the quality of the finished coin. However, each year, when The British Royal Mint introduces coins with the new year's date on them, new dies are engraved and deployed to strike the new year’s coins.
Once the new dies are installed, the strike quality, or the detail transferred to the newly struck coin, returns to its maximum. There is no public notice that dies are changed throughout the year, when a new die may be required due to wear. But because each new year brings new dies, APMEX has designated all products delivered by The British Royal Mint during the first 30 days of their issuance that go through the MintDirect® process as MintDirect® Premier.