The term Britannia has been used in the Western world for more than two centuries now, referring to both the British Isles as a region under Roman control and the people of Britain themselves. The 2017 1 oz Silver British Britannia Coin is available to purchase today online at Silver.com.
- Ships to you in a protective plastic flip, tubes of 25 coins, or Monster Box of 500 coins.
- 20th anniversary release of the Silver Britannia coin.
- Consists of One Troy ounce of .999 fine silver in BU condition.
- Issued a face value of £2 (GBP) by the United Kingdom.
- Reverse features the image of Britannia, guardian of Britain.
- Obverse includes the portrait of Queen Elizabeth II.
In the days following Roman conquest of the island, the name came to be associated with a goddess responsible for protecting the island. With a trident in one hand she controlled the seas of the English Channel, keeping intruders at bay. In the other, a shield prepared her for battle against those who survived the crossing.
The Silver British Britannia coin was first introduced in 1997 as a silver coin with a purity of .958. From 1997 to 2012, the Silver Britannia was a larger coin with a total mass of 32.45 grams and a diameter of 40 mm. In 2013, the Royal Mint made major changes to the coin, increasing its purity to .999 silver, and shrinking both the mass and diameter to 31.21 grams and 38.61 mm, respectively.
On the reverse face of the 2017 1 oz Silver British Britannia coin is an image of the guardian of the British Isles, Britannia. She is featured wearing a Corinthian helmet on her head, holding a trident in her right hand to command the seas of the English Channel, and guarding the mainland with a Union Jack-emblazoned shield.
The obverse of the Silver British Britannia features the all-new right-profile portrait of Queen Elizabeth II. Jody Clark’s 2015 design replaces the 1998 design from Ian Rank-Broadley, and is the fifth-generation portrait of Her Majesty to appear on British coinage.
Each 2017 1 oz Silver British Britannia Coin listed here is available in BU condition. Coins in BU condition have no signs of wear and tear on the surfaces, however you may notice a range of minor flaws including breaks in the luster, spotted surfaces, and contact marks from the production process at the mint.
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