Big Ben Landmarks of Britain 1 oz .999 Silver in Capsule
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.