Silver Landmarks of Britain
At BullionByPost we are pleased to have the Landmarks of Britain series of silver coins available to our many collectors. These coins are produced by the Royal Mint at .999 purity and depict key monuments and buildings in British culture.
As the name states, Tower Bridge is a large road bridge with pedestrian access and hydraulics to allow boats to pass beneath. Its design based on the nearby Tower of London. The bridge spans the River Thames, linking Southwark and Tower Hamlets, and was constructed between 1886 and 1894.
There is a common myth that an American businessman bought London Bridge and had it shipped to the United States instead of Tower Bridge, which he thought he had purchased, but this is incorrect.
Trafalgar Square is a public area at the heart of the City of Westminster, and what used to be Charing Cross. Its name is derived from the British victory in the Battle of Trafalgar 1805, in which Horatio Nelson defeated the Spanish. Nelson's Column, another famous monument, also resides here and can be seen on the Trafalgar Square silver coin.
The Elizabeth Tower is the most famous clock tower in the world and houses Big Ben - the clock's great bell. It is located at the north side of the Palace of Westminster and was completed in 1859. In order to protect its heritage, the tower is Grade 1 listed (since 1970) and was also accredited as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1987.
The bells are currently silent due to ongoing restoration work, due to be completed in 2020.