The Royal Mint has announced that they are launching a new coin which will feature the three lions which made up London’s first zoo more than 800 years ago.

The new coin is being released as part of the Tower of London collection. The commemorative piece is an uncirculated £5 coin, which has an image of the three lions in an archway.

The lions pictured were sent to King Henry III as a wedding present by the Holy Roman Emperor Frederick II and kept at the Tower of London in the 1200s. His son Edward I expanded the Royal Menagerie, creating a den at the western entrance which became known as Lion Tower.

The coins are on sale from £13 up to £2,640 and come in a range of precious metal and base proof finishes. It is the second in the Tower of London 2020 commemorative series.

You can purchase the coin here.

Rachel Smith
Rachel Smith is a huge animal lover and has always been passionate about the wellbeing of pets. She currently has a rescue dog, Stewie and a corn snake, Samson, but has experience of looking after various different pets over the years.

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