One Hundred Pounds 2015 Big Ben, Coin from United Kingdom - detailed information

One Hundred Pounds 2015 Big Ben, Coin from United Kingdom
CoinOne Hundred Pounds 2015 Big Ben

The One Hundred Pounds (£100) coin is a coin denomination issued by the Royal Mint since 2015. The format is used to mark special occasions or themes and is not intended for general circulation - which is served by a banknote of the same value instead.

The coins contain two ounces of silver (with weight slightly differing from the silver 2oz bullion coins issued for investors), but are distributed at face value - which is much higher than their intrinsic value, making them technically non-circulating legal tender (NCLT) and not bullion.

The coins are legal tender, but contrary to popular belief this does not mean that banks and retailers automatically have to accept them (in practice, they do not accept them).

This coin is the first issue from a new series of silver coins known as the Landmarks of Britain and features Big Ben in London.

Known to most as Big Ben, the iconic towering structure at the north end of Britain's Houses of Parliament is actually called the Elizabeth Tower since 2010, in honour of Queen Elizabeth II. The structure takes its common name from the tone of the bell that rings out from the top of the tower at the top of each hour of the day.

MintRoyal Mint Mint MarkNo mint mark Total Mintage49,147
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Obverse
United Kingdom / One Hundred Pounds 2015 Big Ben - obverse photo

The obverse shows the crowned mature head of Queen Elizabeth II facing right (her effigy known as the "Fourth Portrait"). The Queen wears the "Girls of Great Britain and Ireland" diamond tiara, a wedding gift from Queen Mary (Her Majesty's grandmother) in 1947 - which she also has on the Machin and the Gottwald portraits.

In tiny letters below the head, the artist's initials IRB (for Ian Rank-Broadley).

Around the effigy is the monarch's legend and the date: ELIZABETH · II · D · G · REG · F · D 100 POUNDS · 2015. 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.

Obverse Inscription ELIZABETH · II · D · G · REG · F · D 100 POUNDS · 2015
Reverse
United Kingdom / One Hundred Pounds 2015 Big Ben - reverse photo

At centre, a view from below of Elizabeth Tower in London, best known as Big Ben. There is no inscription.

The initials of the artists: LC (for Laura Clancy) and GD (for Glyn Davies) are below left, at the base of the tower.

Reverse Inscription (none)
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Notes

The reverse design was first issued in 2014 on a colourised £5 coin.

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One Hundred Pounds 2015 Big Ben: Details
CountryUnited Kingdom
CurrencyPound Sterling
Coin TypeOne Hundred Pounds
Issued2015
MonarchQueen Elizabeth II
EffigyQueen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait, by Ian Rank-Broadley
Face Value100 (x Pound)
Total Mintage49,147
CurrentYes
Material0.999 Silver
DesignerLaura Clancy, Glyn Davies
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size62.860 mm
Mass40.000 g
OCC IDYRVP-OVRC-NVLD-ODQG
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