This year's 2011 Gold Britannia coin features a new reverse design depicting a seated version of Britannia with a billowing Union Jack cleverly superimposed in front of her. Only 8 have been graded PR-70 DCAM!
A great coin at a great price! Don't miss out on this one. PCGS has certified this coin as a Proof 70 issue, with the further designation of Deep Cameo. At the heart of the billowing Union Flag, Britannia appears seated with a trident and shield, in the style of the classic image on pre-decimal pennies since Charles II. The design is the work of David Mach and represents a very patriotic approach to the bullion coin's reflection of British culture. * Population report as of 11/05/14
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.