The British Gold Britannia Coin is the official bullion coin of the United Kingdom, and features an iconic design that has been used on British coinage since the 1700s. The symbolism of Britannia has stuck with the British people for more than two thousand years. In 1987, the Royal Mint brought back the design on a new bullion product that remains in production today as the Britannia coin. Today, the 2017 1 oz Gold British Britannia Coin is available online at Silver.com.
- Ships in an individual plastic flip, mint tube of 10 coins, or box of 100.
- 30th anniversary release of the Gold Britannia.
- Consists of One Troy ounce of .9999 fine gold in BU condition.
- Face value of 100 (GBP) is fully backed by Britain’s government.
- Queen Elizabeth II graces the obverse.
- Britannia commands the reverse design field of the coin.
The Gold British Britannia coin debuted in 1987 from the Royal Mint. This year marks the 30th anniversary of the coin’s initial release, which featured 1/2, 1/4, and 1/10 Troy oz coins in addition to the popular 1 oz version. 2013 marked a year of changes for the program, with the addition of 5 oz and 1/20 oz coins to the lineup, and a boost in gold content from .917 to .9999 purity.
Britannia is an ancient term used for multiple purposes in the course of European history. When the Roman Empire moved to conquer the British Isles, the soldiers originally referred to the province as Britannia. Over time, the term came to be used in reference to the native inhabitants of the Isles as well.
All 2017 1 oz Gold British Britannia Coins in this listing are in BU condition. Coins in this condition show no signs of wear and tear, though you may notice minor flaws ranging from breaks in the luster and spotted surfaces to contact marks from striking the coins during the production process.
On the reverse of the 2017 1 oz Gold British Britannia Coin you’ll find the image of Britannia, which has featured on the coins unchanged for the last 30 years. Britannia originally featured on sovereign coins in the early 18th century at the formation of the United Kingdom between England and Scotland.
The obverse of all Gold British Britannia Coins includes the new fifth-generation depiction of Queen Elizabeth II. Her Majesty’s effigy was last updated in 1998 by Ian Rank-Broadley, but in 2015 the Royal Mint unveiled a new image of the Queen from 33-year-old Jody Clark, the youngest engraver and artist ever to complete her portrait.
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