The 2017 Big Ben 1 oz Landmarks of Britain Silver Bullion Coin.
With contemporary designs celebrating the major locations of the UK, The Landmarks of Britain series brings to life the iconic architecture and features that have shaped the nation. This is the first bullion offering in the series which couples designs from talented Royal Mint coins designers on both the coin reverse and obverse.
The Elizabeth Tower that dominates the skyline at the northern end of the Houses of Parliament is one of London's most iconic landmarks. But while the tourists who flock to photograph it each day might refer to the clock as 'Big Ben', it is actually the great bell inside that bears the famous nickname, possibly used in honor of Sir Benjamin Hall, First Commissioner for Works 1855-1858. The original bell was cast in 1856 but quickly cracked. It was recast in 1858, but was to suffer the same fate. Finally a lighter hammer was used to strike a different section of the still damaged bell, giving us the distinctive sound, a musical note E, we know today. It is a sound that has become an unmistakable thread in the very fabric of British life.
This eclusive series combines the bullion appeal of its Silver content with the collectible interest of unique designs. The Landmarks of Britain coins are sure to follow the path of many Silver coin series, including The Royal Mint's popular Queen's Beasts series, seeing premium appreciation over time due to limited availability and high interest.
The specifications of these coins mimic the popular Silver Britannia, measuring 38.61 mm in diameter, containing 1 oz of .999 fine Silver and listing a face value of 2 pounds. The obverse features the fifth effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, created by Royal Mint designer Jody Clark.
Each coin comes with a free plastic protective capsule.