The Royal Mint launches Tower of London coin collection

JUNE 13th 2018

Yeoman Warders coin joins The Royal Mint’s Tower of London Collection in collaboration with Historic Royal Palaces

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  • The collection features four coins with the latest featuring the Yeoman Warders
  • The final coin in the series will feature The Ceremony of the Keys
  • The coin features a special Tower mint mark - the first time this has appeared on an official UK coin

 

Today, The Royal Mint has launched the third coin in the 2019 dated Tower of London Collection – The Yeoman Warders. Following on from the Crown Jewels coin, the Yeoman Warders continues the epic story of one of Britain’s most iconic heritage sites, celebrating the guards that have looked after the Tower and its collections for generations.   

The Yeoman Warders were once part of the Yeoman of the Guard, the monarch’s bodyguards who accompanied and protected the king or queen everywhere they went. In Tudor times, Henry VII believed that such an important building as the Tower of London also needed special protection, and so the Royal Bodyguard took on a new duty. The Yeoman Warders were formed for this specific task, which they still carry out today.

In order to become one of the men and women who make up the Yeoman Body that guards the Tower of London, today’s Yeoman Warders must have served in the military for a minimum of 22 years and must also have reached the rank of warrant officer.

This isn’t all that distinguishes them; Yeoman Warders must also have been awarded the long service and good conduct medal. Only if a prospective recruit can demonstrate these accolades, and is between the age of 40 and 55 years old, can they apply for this honourable post.

Nicola Howell, Director of the Consumer division at The Royal Mint commented: “The Yeoman Warders are such an iconic part of British History and an integral part of the Tower of London. No visit to the Tower is possible without the Warders and we are delighted to be celebrating their history of service with this coin. The coin also featuring a special Tower mint mark that represents the relationship between the Tower of London and The Royal Mint.”

Emma Saunders, Head of Retail Business Development at Historic Royal Palaces commented: “We are thrilled to be working with The Royal Mint on these stunning coins, which celebrate the Yeoman Warders long and distinguished service and vital contribution to British history.”

The reverse design of each coin in the collection shows a section of the ancient walls and also features a special Tower mint mark, which is the first time this has appeared on a UK coin and is a sign of authenticity and trust. This depicts the White Tower, demonstrating the link between the Tower of London and The Royal Mint, which operated within the fortress for centuries.

The Tower of London collection, including The Legend of the Ravens, The Crown Jewels and the Yeoman Warders commemorative coins are available to purchase from www.royalmint.com in a range of precious metal and base proof finishes, prices start from £13.

 

The Yeoman Warders Coin Specifications

 

 

 

 

Description

The Yeoman Warders 2019 UK Brilliant Uncirculated Coin

The Yeoman Warders 2019 UK Silver

Proof Coin

The Yeoman Warders 2019 UK Silver Proof Piedfort Coin

The Yeoman Warders 2019 UK Five-Ounce Silver Proof Coin

The Yeoman Warders 2019 UK Quarter-Ounce Gold Proof Coin

The Yeoman Warders 2019 UK Gold Proof Coin

The Yeoman Warders 2019 UK Five-Ounce Gold Proof Coin

Denomination

£5

£5

£5

£10l

£25

£5

£10

Alloy

Cupro-nickel

925 Ag

925 Ag

999 Ag

999.9 Au

916.7 Au

999 Au

Weight

28.28g

28.28g

56.56g

156.295g

7.798g

39.94g

156.295g

Diameter

38.61mm

38.61mm

38.61mm

65.00mm

22.00mm

38.61mm

50.00mm

Obverse Designer

Jody Clark

Reverse Designer

Glyn Davies

Limited Edition Presentation

Unlimited

3,800

950

425

800

325

35

RRP

£13

£82.50

£155.00

£420.00

£480.00

£1,995.00

£8,645.00

 

For further information please visit www.royalmint.com    

 

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About The Royal Mint

The Royal Mint has an unbroken history of minting British coinage dating back over 1,100 years. Based in the Tower of London for over 500 years, by 1812 The Royal Mint had moved out of the Tower to premises on London’s Tower Hill. In 1967 the building of a new Royal Mint began on its current site in South Wales, UK, to accommodate the minting of UK decimal coinage. Today, The Royal Mint is the world’s largest export mint, supplying coins to the UK and overseas countries.

The Royal Mint has also diversified into a number of other complementary businesses, building on the values that have been at the heart of the organisation throughout its history - authenticity, security, precious metals, craftsmanship and design:

 

Consumer coin division

The organisation runs a thriving commemorative coin business, gifting, and a collector services division retailing historic coins, an authentication and valuation service and secure storage.

 

Bullion and Precious Metals

Throughout history The Royal Mint’s name has been synonymous with precious metals and bullion. The organisation trades physical and digital precious metal worldwide via www.royalmintbullion.com and a global network of distributor partners.

 

The Royal Mint Experience

The Royal Mint entered the tourism business in 2016 when it opened its popular visitor centre, The Royal Mint Experience, at its home in Llantrisant, South Wales. The attraction welcomes around 100,000 visitors a year.

Historic Royal Palaces is the independent charity that looks after the Tower of London, Hampton Court Palace, the Banqueting House, Kensington Palace, Kew Palace and Hillsborough Castle.  We help everyone explore the story of how monarchs and people have shaped society, in some of the greatest palaces ever built. We raise all our own funds and depend on the support of our visitors, members, donors, sponsors and volunteers. With the exception of Hillsborough Castle, these palaces are owned by The Queen on behalf of the nation, and we manage them for the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport. Historic Royal Palaces cares for Hillsborough Castle under a separate contract with the Northern Ireland Office. Registered charity number 1068852.  www.hrp.org.uk

For press information about Historic Royal Palaces, please contact Adam Budhram in the Historic Royal Palaces Press Office on 020 3166 6166 or press@hrp.org.uk

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