In 1987, the Britannia series was launched and 26 years later, the Proof coins gained even more beauty. Each year will feature a new portrait of Britannia by a leading British artist, struck in higher purities than before.
- Contains 1.9 oz of .999 fine Silver.
- Comes in an original mint box with a certificate of authenticity.
- Obverse: A seated Britannia with her trident and an owl on her knee, the year, fineness and inscription "Britannia".
- Reverse: Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and monetary denomination.
- Sovereign coin backed by the British government.
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Britannia is so closely linked with Britain’s coins. She first appeared as a representation of Britain in female form on the coins of Emperor Hadrian almost 2,000 years ago. Since 1672, when she was recalled to the coinage by Charles II, she has appeared on the coins of every British monarch.
In addition to the new Proof Silver designs, new denominations have been added, including a delicate 1/20 oz coin. All coins are limited editions, confirmed by a certificate of authenticity, and are attractively presented with a very clear and appropriate British feel. Each of these complete sets comes with a booklet exploring Britannia’s history as the changing face of Britain.
To begin the revival of the series, the 2013 Britannia artist, portrait sculptor Robert Hunt, created a classic Britannia that reflects the ancient Britannia designs. The only genuine Britannia coins come only from The Royal Mint, Britannia is protected by trademark.
Britannia, the female personification of the British Isles, takes her name from an ancient term for Great Britain and has been a popular figure since the 1st century, when she was first depicted on Roman coinage under the rule of Emperor Hadrian. Illustrated as a goddess, Britannia resembles the Roman figure Boudica. Britannia first appeared on British coins in 1672, when she graced the farthing. She was a firm fixture on coins from this point onwards, appearing on pennies issued under every monarch from 1797 until decimalization, when she was chosen to appear on the 50 pence coin until 2008.
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.