Britannia, the female personification of the British Isles who is known as a symbol of British unity, liberty and strength, is depicted on the coin. This Sterling Silver Proof coin commemorates the 275th anniversary of the composition of "Rule Britannia".
- Contains 1 oz of .925 fine silver.
- Comes in an original mint box with a certificate of authenticity.
- Mintage of only 10,000.
- Obverse: Carries an effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II by Ian Rank-Broadley.
- Reverse: Britannia is shown holding a shield displaying the Union Jack standing beside a regal looking lion.
- This coin was struck four times to produce this spectacular mirror finish!
- Guaranteed by the Ascension Island government.
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The patriotic British song ‘Rule, Britannia!’ originated from a poem written by James Thomson of the same name and was set to music in 1740 by Thomas Arne. The song has always been strongly associated with the Royal Navy, but was also used by the British Army. This British tune was first performed at Cliveden, the country home of Frederick Prince of Wales on August 1,1740.
The idea that countries, big or small, can and should have their own coinage is what pushed the Pobjoy Mint forward. Pobjoy approached the Isle of Man government to begin a program of collector coins with corresponding values and specifications as British coins. In 1972, the Pobjoy Mint created the first practical set of coins for the Isle of Man including a 1/2 penny and up to 50 pence coins. These coins included historical and cultural elements, such as the Isle of Man’s distinctive three-legged “Triskele” insignia.
Since then, the Pobjoy Mint has issued an array of innovative and artistic coins sought after by some of the choosiest collectors. One particular contribution to numismatics and coin production was the development of the world’s first satisfactory man-made Precious Metal, called Virenium, which has been used in high denomination coinage since 1978. This was hailed worldwide as the first significant breakthrough in coinage from the last century.
The Pobjoy Mint provides circulation and collector coinage for 12 countries and territories, and that number is ever increasing. Pobjoy Mint has been consistently recognized within the numismatic industry for their innovations, including 45 “firsts” such as the first Silver one kilo coin, the first coin in the shape of the Eiffel Tower, the first titanium coin and the world’s highest relief coin. The Pobjoy Mint has demonstrated their ability to push the limits of the coin industry to surprising achievements and new heights.