The symbolism of Britannia has stuck with the British people for more than two thousand years. Originally a term used to label the islands as a province of the Roman Empire two thousand years ago, Britannia came to mean something much more to its inhabitants. Today, the 2017 1 oz Gold British Britannia 30th Anniversary Coin is available to you online at Silver.com.
- Ships to you in a protective plastic capsule.
- 30th anniversary release of the Gold Britannia!
- Mintage limited to 7,030 coins only!
- New security features!
- Consists of One Troy ounce of .9999 fine gold in BU condition.
- Face value of £100 (GBP) is fully backed by the British government.
- Obverse includes the latest effigy of Queen Elizabeth II.
- Reverse bears the image of Britannia.
Gold British Britannia coins 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.
The Royal Mint is celebrating two anniversaries for the Britannia program in 2017. The Gold Britannia leads the way in this stunning series with its 30th anniversary, but the Silver Britannia coin marks its 20th anniversary this year with a celebratory release of its own.
Included on the reverse side of both versions of the coin in 2017 is a mint mark that honors the anniversary of the individual programs. Located to the bottom-left of Britannia’s image you’ll find the head of a trident with a “3” and “0” between the spikes, commemorating the 30th anniversary of this famous coin.
Each 2017 1 oz British Gold Britannia Coin in this listing is in BU condition. Coins in BU condition have 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 the production process at the mint.
On the obverse of the 2017 1 oz British Gold Britannia Coin is the image of Queen Elizabeth II. This design is the latest portrait of Her Majesty, and serves as the fifth-generation depiction of the Queen since her ascension to the throne in 1952. It was created in July 2015 Royal Mint engraver Jody Clark.
The reverse includes Philip Nathan’s depiction of the strong, powerful Britannia. This female figure wears a Corinthian cap on her head, holds a trident in her right hand as a symbol of her control over the seas, and clutches a shield in her left that is emblazoned with the Union Jack to defend the British Isles from invaders.
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