In 2013, the Royal Mint increased the purity of Silver Britannias to .999 fine and also produced the first 5 oz Silver Britannia. This example has been certified as a perfect PF-70 by NGC, a top coin grading service.
- Contains 5 oz of .999 fine Silver in Proof finish.
- NGC encapsulation protects and guarantees the PF-70 condition.
- First Releases label guarantees NGC received these coins within 30 days of release from the mint.
- Obverse: Shows the Ian Rank-Broadley likeness of Queen Elizabeth II and the monetary denomination.
- Reverse: Features Britannia seated, holding a trident, about the Silver weight.
- Sovereign coin backed by the British government.
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Over time, Britannia coins have become a showcase for British artists with many eager to share their interpretation of the enduring icon. No collection is complete without its Britannia, for she has been in demand for centuries, and in a year where the numismatic great regains her place on the circulating coinage of the United Kingdom, the spotlight shines on the familiar and much-loved figure.
The 2013 Britannia artist, Robert Hunt, created a graceful Britannia, seated in traditional pose, robed in the classical tradition and with Corinthian helmet and Neptune’s trident to represent her claim as "ruler of the waves." But his Britannia turns her head, a listening pose that indicates she is open to a world beyond Britain, as the owl that accompanies her symbolizes wisdom.
Over the years, the image of Britannia has altered slightly, with her maritime links being emphasized by switching her spear to a trident. Britannia is seen as a symbol of British unity, liberty and strength, meaning she resurfaces during particularly challenging times. Like Columbia in the U.S. and Marianne in France, Britannia becomes more prominent in times of war or when national pride is booming.
In 1987, Britannia’s image graced the new Gold bullion coin minted by the Royal Mint known as the Gold Britannia. These Gold coins have since grown in popularity as an investment and a collector’s piece. Gold Britannias are available in sizes as small as 1/20 oz and as large as 5 oz Gold coins. In 1997, the Royal Mint expanded this design to a Silver bullion coin known as the Silver Britannia. Over time, both the Gold Britannia and Silver Britannia have experienced changes in design and an increase in metal purity, making them major players in the modern coin market.