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2019 Great Britain £5 Silver Tower of London Ravens Piedfort NGC PF70UC First Releases
The Official Guardians of the Tower of London
Visit England’s historic Tower of London, and you’re likely to see a small number of Ravens attracting the attention of visiting photographers and tourists. Normally thought of as portents of doom, these large black birds are actually the Tower’s official guardians. Why all the falderal about Ravens? Well, according to legend, King Charles II was told by a witch that should the Ravens ever leave the Tower, the Monarchy would fall. Not one to tempt fate, Charles decreed that the ravens should never be removed and today six birds are always on duty with a seventh kept as a back-up – just in case!
The ravens are an enduring symbol of Monarchy, tradition, and history at the Tower of London. And now they’re also the theme of the first coin in a new four-coin series from Great Britain’s prestigious Royal Mint that pays tribute to the history and lore of one of London’s most famous royal castles. Struck as a double-thick Piedfort coin in 1.819 ounces of sterling silver, this majestic coin features a Raven perched below one of the Tower’s arches. He is depicted looking over his left shoulder – perhaps keeping an eye on one of the Tower’s famous ghosts?
Not only is the first coin in in an exciting new series, but it’s also a first for the Royal Mint as it represents the first time that a special Tower mint mark has been featured on an official United Kingdom coin! The mint mark can be seen just to right of the Raven’s wings on the reverse of this £5 legal tender coin. Plus, your coin has been graded by the Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) as being in flawless Proof-70 (PF70) condition, a distinction that means your perfectly-graded proof will have ZERO imperfections – showing all features and fields exactly as the engraver and mint intended.
In addition, your proof will also be certified as a First Releases (FR) coin by NGC, meaning that it was received by NGC or an NGC-approved depository within the first 30 days of the coin’s release. Collectors seek out these coins because they are produced with new dies and considered to have sharper strikes and deeper mirrors than those that are struck later. Also, the population of coins labeled First Releases is only a fraction of the total mintage. It will come sonically sealed in an acrylic holder with an exclusive Tower Bridge label
It’s unlikely that today’s Ravens will leave any time soon as each bird has had its wings clipped to ensure they remain behind the Tower’s walls. They are also pampered in a way other birds could only dream about and are looked after by a designated Ravenmaster. If watching a few birds seems like an easy job, think again – Ravenmasters must first become a Yeoman Warder, a position requiring a minimum of 22 years in the military!
Luckily for you, all that’s needed to gain the honor of protecting your own Guardian of the Tower is to make some room in your collection. Capture and share this fascinating piece of the Tower of London’s history by clicking one of these Silver Raven Proofs to your cart today!
- FIRST IN A NEW SERIES – The Legend of the Ravens Silver Proof is the first release in The Royal Mint’s Tower of London series. It also represents the first time that a special Tower mint mark has been featured on an official United Kingdom coin. According to legend, if all the Ravens leave the Tower, the kingdom will fall. The coin’s obverse features the portrait of Queen Elizabeth II, the year date and denomination.
- DOUBLE-THICK PIEDFORT COIN – This proof is a double-thick “Piedfort” coin, giving it a great deal of heft. Along the thick edge is an inscription that reads: “ON INTO TWILIGHT WITHIN WALLS OF STONE” from a poem by Samuel Rogers called Human Life.
- STRUCK IN STERLING SILVER – Each Tower of London Ravens Silver Proof is struck in 1.819 ounces of 92.5% British Sterling silver.
- LEGAL-TENDER COINAGE – These Tower of London Ravens Silver Proofs are £5 (five pounds) legal tender in Great Britain.
- GRADED IN PERFECT PROOF CONDITION – Your 2019 Great Britain £5 Silver Tower of London Ravens Proof has been graded by the Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) as being in flawless Proof-70 Ultra Cameo (PF70UC) condition.
- KEY FIRST RELEASES CERTIFICATION – Your coin will also be certified as a First Releases (FR) coin by NGC, meaning that it was received by NGC or an NGC-approved depository within the first 30 days of the coin’s release. It will come sonically sealed in an acrylic holder with an exclusive Tower Bridge label.
- VERY LOW LIMITED EDITION – The edition limited for the 2019 Great Britain £5 Silver Tower of London Ravens Proof was set at only 1,160.
With only 1,160 of these coins available for worldwide release, don’t wait or these Silver Ravens will be available “Nevermore!”
|Year of Issue||2019|
|Mint Name||The Royal Mint|
|Coin Weight||56.56 Grams - g|