Castles and towers

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The castle of Neuschwanstein, Bavaria.

It was little known until it appeared as a location in the film "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang".

The film was based on a children's book written by Ian Fleming, creator of James Bond.
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Jersey, 50 pence.  The Gatehouse at Grosnez Castle.


The castle was built around 1330.

It was probably demolished around the time of the French occupation of Jersey (1461–1468).

The gatehouse is now the only substantial remnant of the castle.


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Gibraltar, 10 pence.  The Moorish Castle, with the Mediaeval Tower of Homage.


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Gibraltar, 1 quart, 1842.
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Gibraltar, crown, 1967.
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Gibraltar.  This pound coin bears Gibraltar's coat of arms and its official motto.

"Montis insignia calpe" means "Insignia of the Mountain of Calpe", that is, the Rock of Gibraltar.


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In 1989 Gibraltar issued a circulating commemorative pound coin.

It honoured the 150th anniversary of the first Gibraltar coin.
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Albania, 10 Leke, 2009.  The fortress of Berati.
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Slovakia, 1939, 10 halierov.  Castle of Pressburg (Bratislava).



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Slovakia, 1940, 20 halierov.  Bishop's Castle. 




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Slovakia, 50 halierov.  Devín Castle.




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Jersey, 1 penny.  The watch tower at Le Hocq. From Wikipedia:


Le Hocq is a Jèrriais name, and means 'the headland' or 'the cape' in English. It is in fact the area surrounding a small headland. On this headland rests a Jersey Round Tower, built as a fortification against the French in the 17th/18th century (full details can be found on the informative signpost just in front of the tower). This tower is uninhabited, apart from some birds who tend to flock in and around it.


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Jersey, 5 pence.  Seymour Tower.


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Seymour Tower sits two miles offshore on one of the largest inter-tidal reefs in the world.

Built as part of Jersey's costal defences, this square tower dates from the 18th century.
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Isle of Man, 2 pence, 2004.



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The Albert Tower was built to commemorate the royal visit of Prince Albert on 20 September, 1847. Prince Albert climbed to the top of the hill where he viewed the surrounding town of Ramsey and the northern plain. The hill was renamed Albert Mount and a year later the tower's foundation was laid. The tower is made of granite and rises 45 feet (14 m) high, and stands as a landmark not only for the town of Ramsey, but also for the Isle of Man.
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Wikipedia: Bradda Head is a rugged headland in the south-west of the Isle of Man, rising to a height of 382 feet (116 m). It shelters Port Erin Bay from the north. A clifftop walk, the Coronation Footpath, leads up to Milner's Tower. This was built in 1871 as a view tower in memory of William Milner, of the then-famous Milner's Safe Co. Ltd., maker of fire-resistant safes and a local philanthropist. His tower is built in the shape of a key and lock. The Mourne Mountains of Ireland can sometimes be seen from the summit.


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Isle of Man, 50 pence.  Milner's Tower.
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Isle of Man, two pound coin, 2007.  The Round Tower of Peel Castle.



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Wikipedia: Peel Castle is a castle in Peel, Isle of Man originally constructed by Vikings. The castle stands on St Patrick's Isle which is connected to the town by causeway. It is now owned by Manx National Heritage and is open to visitors during the summer. The castle was built in the 11th century by the Vikings, under the rule of King Magnus Barelegs. While there were older stone Celtic monastic buildings on the island, the first Viking fortifications were built of wood. The prominent round tower was originally part of the Celtic monastery, but has had battlements added at a later date. After the rule of the Vikings, the castle continued to be used by the church due to the cathedral built there but was eventually abandoned in the 18th century. The castle remained fortified and new defensive positions were added as late as 1860. The buildings within the castle are now mostly ruined, but the outer walls remain intact.
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