Beef Up Your Collection with these Tower of London Yeoman Warders Coins
Great Britain’s Tower of London has stood for centuries on the north bank of the River Thames, serving at different times as a palace, a prison, a mint, a menagerie, a public records office, and the home of the fabled Crown Jewels. In 2019, the Royal Mint released a four-part series of coins dedicated to the heritage of the iconic castle-like structure. The penultimate third release in this well-received series features none other than one of the iconic Yeoman Warders, who ceremoniously guard the historic landmark.
If you don’t want to wait to travel all the way to England, you can see the Crown Jewels up close right from the comfort of your easy chair with this fantastic new coin from Great Britain’s Royal Mint. The third release of The Mint’s Tower of London series, this 92.5% fine silver proof brilliantly depicts one of the Beefeaters as he stands on guard before a portion of the Tower’s outer wall, ready to assist curious tourists and sightseers.
With their brightly colored Shakespearean attire, the Yeoman Warders are the instantly recognizable “Beefeaters,” a troop of 37 men and women who acquired the nickname several hundred years ago during a time when the Tower guards were paid part of their salary with chunks of beef – a practice that existed well into the 1800s. Today, each Yeoman must be between 40 and 55 years of age and must have at least 22 years of military service. The uniforms of the Yeoman Warders include the thistle, rose and shamrock, emblems of Scotland, England and Ireland. This uniform also bears the initials of the current sovereign. The initials ER on today’s uniforms stand for Elizabetha Regina (Regina is Latin for queen) in honor of Queen Elizabeth II.
While the Yeomen no longer receive part of their pay in beef, there are other perks to the job. One such perk dates back to 1879 when distiller James Burrough created a new gin recipe. In an early masterstroke of branding, Burrough decided to give his new product the title of Beefeater after the Tower of London’s red-uniformed Yeoman Warders. It embodied a strong traditional idea of London and proved to be a distinctive and unmistakable symbol. According to legend, Burroughs sought permission from the Chief Yeoman to use the name for his dry London gin. The Chief Yeoman agreed on the condition that each Yeoman received a bottle of gin on his birthday – a tradition that has been maintained to this day!
Your 2019 Great Britain £5 Tower of London Yeoman Warders Silver Proof has also been graded by the Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) as being in near-perfect Proof-69 (PF69) condition, a distinction that means your almost-flawless coin will showcase an impressive full strike and indistinguishable imperfections – well above and beyond the quality of the vast majority of coins in the series. In addition, NGC has certified your proof to be a First Releases (FR) coin, a designation that means it was received by NGC or an NGC-approved depository within the first 30 days of its 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.
Each coin in this four-piece series is part of a greater whole. When all four coins of the series are arranged together it completes an image of the Tower of London. It’s a fascinating aspect to these coins – but only possible if you secure this third release while it’s still available! Only 4,000 of these silver proofs will be struck, so reserve yours now!
- LATEST RELEASE IN TOWER OF LONDON SERIES – The Yeoman Warders Coin is the third release in The Royal Mint’s Tower of London series and depicts a Coronation Crown, along with a portion of the Tower’s outer wall. The coin’s obverse features the portrait of Queen Elizabeth II, the year date and denomination.
- STRUCK IN HIGHLY PURE SILVER – Each Tower of London Yeoman Warders Silver Proof was struck in 28.28 grams of highly-pure 92.5% British Sterling silver.
- LEGAL TENDER IN GREAT BRITAIN – These Tower of London Yeoman Warders Silver Proofs are £5 (five pounds) legal tender in Great Britain.
- GRADED IN NEAR-PERFECT PROOF CONDITION – Your 2019 Great Britain £5 Tower of London Yeoman Warders Silver Proof has been graded by the Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) as being in near-perfect Proof-69 (PF69) condition.
- KEY FIRST RELEASES CERTIFICATION – NGC has certified your Tower of London Yeoman Warders Silver Proof to be a First Releases (FR) coin.
- LOW LIMITED EDITION – The Royal Mint has set the maximum edition limit for this coin at only 4,000.
The Yeoman Warders are one of the most iconic symbols of Great Britain. Secure one of these fabulous Tower of London proofs now and “beef” up your collection!