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About the Britannia Gold Coin

One of the most popular Gold British Coins is the Britannia Gold Coin. This coin features an iconic and historical British national symbol, Lady Britannia, on the reverse side of the coin. For this reason, these coins are highly desirable gold bullion products among investors and collectors all over the world. The design used for the Britannia Coins has been featured on Roman coins since 119 A.D. The first Gold Britannia Coin was issued by the Royal Mint back in 1987 and was designed by Philip Nathan. He depicted the Britannia figure with strong maritime influence, with waves at her feet, a trident, shield and olive branch in the hand while standing windswept in a classical gown. This representation of the iconic Britannia is a symbol of strength and power, with a feminine, elegant and peaceful appearance. Gold Britannias are legal tender coins in the UK and since their introduction have featured distinct depictions of Britannia. Modern Britannia Gold Coins, starting with the 2013 Gold Britannia one ounce coin are struck of 24 karats .9999 pure gold while versions produced prior to this date were made of .9167 fine gold.

Main Sizes of the Britannia Gold Coins

The Gold Britannia Coin made its debut in 1987 with a gold fineness of .9167 and was initially released in four size options: 1 oz, 1/2 oz, 1/4 oz. and 1/10 oz.  From 1987-1990 the coins contained 10% copper alloy. Subsequently, the copper alloy was replaced with 20% silver alloy until 2012. In 2013, the Royal Mint began producing Gold Britannia coins with a purity of .9999 fine gold. That same year, new size options were added to the range: 5 oz. and 1/20 oz.

The denominations for Gold Britannia coins include: £500 (5 oz), £100 (1 oz), £50 (1/2 oz), £25 (1/4 oz), £10 (1/10 oz), and £5 (1/20 oz). The coins can be sold individually, in tubes, or in boxes. The number of Gold Britannia Coins included in a tube or a box will depend on their size.

The Designs of the Britannia Gold Coins

The obverse side of the coin always features a profile portrait of Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II. The 1987-1997 coin releases depicted the “Third Portrait” of Her Majesty, while the Gold Britannia issued from 1998 featured the more mature “Fourth Portrait” of Queen Elizabeth II and, starting with the 2015 releases, the last more mature “Fifth Portrait” of Her Majesty, designed by Jody Clark. The reverse side of the coin features the iconic Britannia image that has been used for Roman Coins over 2,000 years ago. Britannia used to represent the personification of the British islands during the Roman Empire. Britannia Gold coins are the first coins, after the Roman gold coins, that were issued featuring the image of Britannia illustrated as a goddess, resembling the Roman figure of Boudica. Gold Britannias manufactured since 1987 feature several Britannia designs: the Standing Britannia (1987-1996), the Charioteer Britannia (1997), the Britannia & The Lion (2001), the Helmeted Head Britannia (2003) and the Seated Britannia. The latest 2016 Britannia coins feature the Britannia figure represented as a goddess, guarding the country from the south coast with a trident and a Union Jack shield in her hands, symbolizing strength, prosperity, and freedom of the British nation.

If you have any questions about these incredibly beautiful Britannia Gold Coins, please do not hesitate to contact us at 800.852.6884. You can also reach Bullion Exchanges customer service associates online through use of our live chat feature, or by email at info@bullionexchanges.com.