APMEX has partnered with The Royal Mint to produce just 500 of these unique two-coin sets featuring its most iconic design. This stunning APMEXclusive® set contains two 2016 Silver Britannia coins in both Proof and Reverse Proof finishes.
The unique Reverse Proof Silver Britannia is only available in this set, giving it a mintage of just 500 coins!
- Features a stunning APMEXclusive® 1 oz Silver Reverse Proof Britannia - a first time ever striking by the Royal Mint. Only 500 total coins produced worldwide!
- Each coin contains 1 oz of .999 fine Silver for a total of 2 oz of Silver.
- Attractively housed in a beautiful black display case that features both The Royal Mint and APMEX logos. Includes a certificate of authenticity.
- This is the first Proof/Reverse Proof Britannia set issued from The Royal Mint.
- Obverse: Displays the fifth effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, along with the face value of 2 pounds.
- Reverse: Features the iconic Britannia holding a shield and trident as she gazes over the sea, a watchful lion by her side.
- Sovereign coins backed by the British government.
This breathtaking 2-coin Proof/Reverse Proof Silver Britannia set is a popular choice not only because of its attractive design, but also its mintage at The Royal Mint. Add this 2016 2-coin Proof/Reverse Proof Silver Britannia set to your cart today!
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.
The minting of coins began in England around the end of the second century B.C. Around A.D. 650, coins were made by craftsmen called “moneyers” in London. In 886, during the reign of Alfred the Great, the London Mint was designated to be a single institution, though there were many other mints in operation around this time. In 1279 the London Mint was moved to the Tower of London where it remained for the next 500 years. Famed physicist Sir Isaac Newton was the Warden of the Mint in 1696 and as such was responsible for investigating cases of counterfeiting. Three years later he was made Master of the Mint, until his death in 1727, and was responsible for moving England from the Silver standard to the Gold standard in 1717.
The Royal Mint had outgrown its home in the Tower of London so during the 18th century the rickety wooden shacks the mint occupied were rebuilt to accommodate mechanized and rolling mills and coining presses and provide more space. Soon, however, the mint outgrew this new location and in 1809, the mint moved from the Tower of London to an adjacent site in East Smithfield called Tower Hill. By 1899, the Royal Mint was striking 100 million coins a year.
In 1967 it was announced that mint would move from its location at Tower Hill to Llantrisant, Wales, following Parliament’s decision to decimalize currency and in 1968 the first coins were officially struck by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II at the new location in Wales. In 1986, the Royal Mint celebrated 11 centuries of continuous minting. In 2009, the Royal Mint was vested into a government-owned company to provide greater operating and commercial freedom.
One unique aspect of the Royal Mint is a procedure known as the Trial of the Pyx, dates back to 1282 and ensures newly-minted coins meet required government standards. The trials have been held once a each year since their inception and have changed very little over time. These trials are presided over by a judge with a jury of expert assayers and were held at the Palace of Westminster before they were moved to the modern-day site at the Hall of the Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths. The ceremony was so named after the boxwood chest in which coins were placed for presentation to the jury.
Why invest in the 1 oz Silver Britannia?
Many buy Silver coins produced by The Royal Mint because these sovereign Silver coins have a face value and the Silver bullion coins are guaranteed for weight and purity by the British government. The 1 oz Silver Britannia is manufactured to specific bullion standards set by The Royal Mint. Many also purchase these Silver coins for sale because the coins have a low premium over the spot price of Silver. Buying this world coin can add stability to your investment portfolio and the Silver bullion can also be used with Precious Metals IRAs.