Gold Five Ounces 2019 Ceremony of the Keys, Coin from United Kingdom - detailed information

Gold Five Ounces 2019 Ceremony of the Keys, Coin from United Kingdom
CoinGold Five Ounces 2019 Ceremony of the Keys

Like many other mints, the Royal Mint issues bullion coins in precious metals, having much higher intrinsic value than their face value. The five ounces (5 oz) gold coins are denominated as either ten pounds (£10) or five hundred pounds (£500).

The coins are legal tender but are not intended for circulation. They are targeted at bullion investors or collectors who appreciate the special editions as pieces of art. The coins are typically "one-year" types usually issued in parallel with smaller denominations with the same reverse designs.

This gold five-ounce coin denominated as £10 is part of the Tower of London Collection coin series by the Royal Mint.

The Royal Mint says:
Starting with The Legend of the Ravens, the collection continues in 2019 with coins featuring The Crown Jewels, Yeoman Warders and The Ceremony of the Keys. Together the coins tell the story of this mighty stone fortress and the ancient ceremonies that still take place within these walls.

History comes alive at the Tower of the London. From Traitors’ Gate to the Bloody Tower, within its stone walls echoes of the past are everywhere. Once home to kings and queens, lions and bears, its most famous residents are the ravens.

From the Crown Jewels to the iconic Beefeaters, the Tower of London gives millions of visitors each year the chance to experience living history. However, not all will witness the intriguing Ceremony of the Keys, the ceremonial locking of the Tower gates - which is the oldest military ceremony in the world. Two vital parts of the ceremony, the keys and lamp, feature in the design of the coin.

The formal locking and unlocking of the Tower gates started in the mid 1300s, on the orders of a furious Edward III. The King turned up unannounced at the Tower one night in December 1340 and walked straight in, unchallenged! After imprisoning the Constable of the Tower, Edward de la Beche, for dereliction of duty, Edward decreed that the castle should be locked at sunset and unlocked at sunrise.

At exactly 9.53 pm every day, the Chief Yeoman Warder, dressed in Tudor watch-coat and bonnet, and carrying a candle lantern donated by the Honourable Artillery Company in 1919, leaves the Byward Tower and falls in with the Escort to the Keys, a military escort made up of armed members of the Tower of London Guard. The Warder passes his lantern to a soldier, and marches with his escort to the outer gate of the fortress. The sentries on duty salute the Queen’s Keys as they pass.

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Obverse
United Kingdom / Gold Five Ounces 2019 Ceremony of the Keys - obverse photo

The obverse of the coin depicts the crowned old head of Queen Elizabeth II facing right, wearing the Royal Diamond Diadem crown worn for her Coronation (effigy known as the "Fifth Portrait").

Running continuously around the effigy is the monarch's legend and the date: ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 10 POUNDS · 2019 ·. Translated from Latin: Elizabeth the Second, by the Grace of God, Queen, Defender of the Faith, followed by the value and denomination in English and the year.

In small letters below the head, the artist's initials J.C (for Jody Clark).

Obverse Inscription ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 10 POUNDS · 2019 ·
Reverse
United Kingdom / Gold Five Ounces 2019 Ceremony of the Keys - reverse photo

The reverse of the coin depicts a lantern and key ring with three large Medieval keys on it, with a label stating A I 2 attached to one of them; in the background, a plan of the walls of the Tower which is split over the four coins in the collection unifying their designs.

Below left, the mint mark of the Tower Mint features on an official UK coin for the first time - as a privy mark; the Royal Mint was housed inside the Tower itself, or on Tower Hill (just opposite the Tower) between 1279 and 1968.

Around above left, the inscription TOWER OF LONDON. Below right, the designer's initials GD (for Glyn Davies).

The date, face value and denomination are on the obverse.

Reverse Inscription TOWER OF LONDON
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Notes

The coin was issued in a mahogany presentation box, with Royal Mint Product Code: UK19CKG5, and issue price of £8,265.00. Edition was limited to 35, with maximum coin mintage of 45.

See also

There is also a Silver Five-Ounce coin depicting the Ceremony of the Keys, denominated with £10 face value too.

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Gold Five Ounces 2019 Ceremony of the Keys: Details
CountryUnited Kingdom
CurrencyPound Sterling
Coin TypeGold Five Ounces (5 oz)
Issued2019
MonarchQueen Elizabeth II
EffigyQueen Elizabeth II - Portrait by Jody Clark (Fifth Portrait)
Face Value500 (x Pound)
Mintageunknown
CurrentYes
Material0.9999 Gold
DesignerGlyn Davies
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size50.000 mm
Mass156.300 g
OCC IDMXKD-OKQC-JMMB-OWQJ
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