Elizabeth II (1952-date)
5 GBP = USD 6.87
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Emma Howard (editor); 2021. Coins of England & the United Kingdom : Pre-Decimal Issues (56th edition). Spink & Son, London, United Kingdom.
Series: The Tower of London
Fifth crowned portrait of HM Queen Elizabeth II right, wearing the George IV State Diadem, legend around.
ELIZABETH II·D·G·REG·F·D·5 POUNDS·2019·
Translation: Elizabeth the Second by the Grace of God Queen Defender of the Faith (Elizabeth II Dei Gratia Regina Fidei Defensatrix)
Image of three keys and a lantern overlapping with a section of the Tower’s walls at Mint Street, legend above.
TOWER OF LONDON
Engraver: Glyn Davies
When Edward III arrived unannounced at the Tower of London one evening, he was shocked to find the gates unguarded, allowing him to enter freely without being challenged. The King subsequently decreed that the Tower’s gate must be locked between sunset and sunrise to secure the fortress from unwanted visitors, in a ritual that has taken place ever since that fateful December night in 1340. Known as the Ceremony of the Keys, the Chief Yeoman Warder performs the ritual of locking the Tower for the night, carrying a lantern and The Queen’s Key.
The fourth and final coin in the 2019 Tower of London series, produced in association with Historic Royal Palaces. The design features the Tower of London mint mark on the reverse and was also struck in silver proof, silver piedfort and gold.
©The Royal Mint, 2019
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