The first portrait was of Queen Anne, whose death in August 1714 paved the way for the "first Georgian", George Ludwig, Elector of Hanover, to ascend to the English throne. As much as anyone can, living in such elegant splendour, Queen Anne had a tragic life marked by 17 pregnancies, none of which provided a healthy living heir.
|The portrait of Queen Anne|
|Gold coins in circulation during Queen Anne's reign|
|Portrait of King George I|
|Is it just me, or is the coin more flattering|
than the painting?
From 1300 to 1812 (encompassing the period when Anne and George's coins were minted) the Royal Mint was sited within the curtain wall of the Tower of London, in Mint Street
|The Tower of London with the Shard in the background.|
Behind this outer wall lay Mint Street
|The view on the other side of the wall.|
Looking down Mint Street at the Casemates
|Standing beside the Casemates looking inwards to the Tower|