What is the new 2021 Britannia Coin?

Since 2014, the British Royal Mint’s famed Brittania coins no longer saw annual redesigns. Instead, the bullion coin began to be struck only with the Philip Nathan Britannia depiction on the reverse. However, some edits have appeared on the Britannia coins such as the lovely 2020 oriental border rendition. Next year, the new 2021 Britannia Coins will see a revolutionary change that will help secure investors’ confidence in the Britannia Coins: a picosecond inscribed wave-pattern, micro text border, and holographic security mark. 

 

The History Behind Britannia

Britannia is the Latin name for Britain, which was the name for Britain after the Roman conquest in 43 CE. This meant “Roman Britain,” and today this is modern-day Scotland. After the division of Roman Britain, four provinces formed in 197 CE. Two were Britannia Superior and Britannia Inferior. The Romans chose the name Britannia to designate the female personification of the island, and today it is still used. 

In the second century, Roman Britannia developed a female personification with a trident, shield, and centurion helmet. Although the name lost popularity in subsequent centuries, the name resurfaced in 1701. This time period saw the combination of the Kingdoms of England and Scotland. The martial Britannia became an emblem of British maritime power and union, especially as “Rule, Britannia!”

Britannia’s personification resembles that of Athena/Minerva. Both goddesses are women, seated, and carry a helmet, spear (trident), and shield. Earlier versions of Britannia show her as a beautiful woman sitting on a rock with a Corinthian helmet, white dress, trident, and spiked shield. This not only demonstrates Britain’s power and beauty, but also the kingdom’s allure as it was once believed to be at the edge of the world.

The New 2021 Britannia Coins Security Information

The Royal Mint shifts its focus for 2021 into counterfeit prevention. Its solution? The picosecond laser. This laser has a variety of applications in industries like tattoo removal and other dermatological treatments, ceramics, CE mastering, drilling, and beyond. It offers the Royal Mint the capability of working on a submicron level, creating markings that are 200x narrower than the width of human hair. For the new 2021 Britannia coins in silver and gold, the picosecond laser is used for a new security mark that has a holographic nature when you rotate the coin and for tincture lines. 

First, the new 2021 Britannias feature a wave-patterned background that “animates” when you move the coin. Secondly, the Royal Mint also included tincture lines, a traditional art that creates colors and patterns on metal. You can see this on the shield.

Next, a security mark appears inside a circle on the reverse side of the new 2021 Britannia coins. This security mark is a latent image that seems to “move” and “change” as you rotate the coin. The two separate images you will see when rotating the new 2021 Britannia coins will include a padlock and a trident respectively. Both images are laid over one another. Finally, there is a laser-etched micro text inscription on a band that repeats inside the main border. The text specifically reads “DECUS ET TUTAMEN”, translating to “an ornament and safeguard.” This added security makes counterfeiting far more onerous and tedious than before.

New reverse secure features 2021 Britannia gold

This new design is referred to as the “Most overtly secure bullion coin in the world” by Andy Dickey. He is the Division Director for Precious Metals at the Royal Mint. The new 2021 Britannia coins become part of the push in the bullion industry to fight counterfeit coins.  

The Statuesque Coin

In the official press release from the Royal Mint, the Britannia is described as the Royal Mint’s flagship coin first introduced in 1987. Dickey of the Royal Mint also said: 

“Our Britannia bullion range is already one of the most sought after in the world, and these innovative new security features make it even more appealing for investors. Simply by moving the coin you can authenticate it as a genuine Royal Mint product, giving investors complete confidence, whether they are buying directly from us or from our partners.

“Our precious metals division has experienced its busiest year on record, and we know that investors value the trust and authenticity that comes with a Royal Mint product. We have seen demand for gold increase significantly since March 2020, which has included a large proportion of customers investing in gold for the first time as they diversify their portfolios.”

Silver Coin Features:

2021 Silver Britannia coin Bullion Exchanges

 

  • Four Brand New Design Elements Added As Additional Security Feature
  • Made from .999 pure silver with a weight of 1 troy oz
  • Produced by the British Royal Mint
  • Brilliant Uncirculated Condition
  • Face value of 2 British Pounds
  • Precious Metals IRA Eligible
  • Legal tender coin backed by the British Government
  • Individual coins come in the plastic flips. Multiples of 25 come in mint-issued tubes while multiples of 500 come in Monster Boxes.
  • Obverse: Showcases the royal bust of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. Inscriptions: “Elizabeth II”, “D.G. REG F.D” (Queen by the Grace of God), and “2 POUNDS”.
  • Reverse: Features the recognizable image of Britannia holding a trident in her outstretched hand while bearing a shield. Inscriptions: “BRITANNIA”, “2021” along with the weight and purity.

 

New 2021 Britannia Coin (Gold) Features:

2021 Gold Britannia coin Bullion Exchanges

  • Four Brand New Design Elements Added As Additional Security Feature
  • Struck from .9999 fine gold with a weight of 1 troy oz
  • Manufactured by the British Royal Mint
  • Brilliant Uncirculated Condition
  • Face value of 100 British Pounds
  • Precious Metals IRA Eligible
  • Legal tender coin backed by the British Government
  • Individual coins come in the plastic flips. Multiples of 10 come in mint-issued tubes while multiples of 100 come in Monster Box
  • Obverse: Features the bust of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. Inscriptions: “Elizabeth II”, “D.G. REG F.D” (Queen by the Grace of God), and “100 POUNDS”.
  • Reverse: Displays the iconic image of Britannia holding a trident while bearing a shield. Inscriptions: “BRITANNIA”, “2021”, along with the weight and purity of the coin.  

 

British Royal Mint

The modern British Royal Mint was established in 1968 and does business today from South Wales. This company expertly designs creative from the classic silver and gold Brittanias to Gold Sovereigns. More recently, their silver and gold Queen’s Beasts series is one of their most popular collections, in addition to their new James Bond Bullion bars. Their new 2021 Britannia Coins just might be one of the top 2021 coins, so secure yours as soon as possible! 

Bullion Exchanges

Established in 2012, Bullion Exchanges has almost a decade of business under its belt as a trusted precious metals retailer. In addition to carrying these British Royal Mint coins, Bullion Exchanges also offers coins from the US Mint, Royal Canadian Mint, New Zealand Mint, Perth Mint, and much more. Whether you prefer gold, silver, or platinum group metals like palladium and rhodium, you can count on us to provide the top coins, bars, and numismatic coins at the most competitive prices. If you have any questions, please contact us or stop by our retail location in the heart of NYC’s Diamond District!

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