Silver Landmarks of Britain
History of the Silver Landmarks Series
The second release in this series features the Tower Bridge, which is so closely associated with London that it is often mistakenly called the London Bridge (this bridge actually sits about 1/2 mile further west along the River Thames). This famous suspension bridge opened in 1894 and is in fact one of the most iconic structures in the world. Nearly 40,000 motorists, cyclists and pedestrians cross the Tower Bridge each day, while the bascules are raised around 1,000 times per year to allow ships to pass safely under the bridge.
The first coin in this series showcases one of the most recognizable landmarks in Britain, Big Ben. hile the tourists who flock to photograph Elizabeth Tower 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 Sire 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 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.
Learn more at our Landmarks of Britain series page.
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