The Royal Mint of London is a famous powerhouse in the numismatic community and has been so for many years. The Royal Mint of London has been a pioneer in numismatics for some time and with their innovative coins, they have pushed the numismatic boundaries further than anyone in the world and now they have once again out-performed themselves with the introduction of the Platinum Britannia bullion coin. The ever-famous Britannia coins represent Britannia that is woven into the very fabric of the land - she personifies the nation, its traditions, values and standing in the world. A beacon of hope for the people of these islands to rally around, she has been a reassuring presence for the public.
Times change, but Britannia remains a familiar and welcome presence on Britain’s coinage for almost 2,000 years. This pure silver issue commemorates the people's heroine. Since 1672, she has been a constant of the coinage - celebrate her return to coins in daily use with a beautiful, very limited edition, Silver Proof £2 coin featuring Antony Dufort’s magnificent contemporary reworking of a seventeenth-century classic. The obverse portrays the latest effigy of Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II as designed by Jody Clark. The fourth definitive coinage portrait of Her Majesty The Queen by Ian Rank-Broadly, which has been a familiar presence of circulating coins since 1998, has been replaced in 2015 by a new fifth portrait reflecting The Queen's stature and maturity.
Since at least 1282 the coins struck by The Royal Mint have been independently and rigorously checked to determine their quality and fineness. The judicial ceremony was known as the Trial of the Pyx and today, more than 700 years later, it still takes place. Every year an independent jury, sworn in by The Queen's Remembrancer, ascertains whether the coins made by The Royal Mint are of the correct weight, diameter and composition required by law. This means that you can be assured that the coin or coins in your possession are of the highest quality.
The legendary figure of Britannia has symbolized Britain’s strength and integrity on coinage since Roman times. Defender of these lands, she personifies the nation of England. A feature of Britain's coinage since Roman times, Britannia stands proudly once more, a symbol of her nation. When The Royal Mint commissioned esteemed sculptor Philip Nathan in 1987 to capture her portrait, he looked to Britain's maritime heritage for inspiration. Little wonder that the silver Britannia, with such a depth of history behind it, has been a popular choice with coin buyers ever since its introduction in 1997. In 2008, more contemporary designs were selected for the 50 pence, through remained on coins already in circulation and, of course, is the heroine of the flagship Britannia coin struck in her honor since 1987. In 2015 she was reborn on the 2 pounds coin and it is wonderful to welcome her back. This new specification combined with its tradition and integrity gives new life for today’s rare coin buyer.
The edge of this amazing coin is serrated and is purposely designed to deter counter-fitters. As both powerful symbols are displayed on both sides of this coin, it is no coincidence as the designers intended to represent the power of the British people and the pride of their nation as a monetary symbol and they have succeeded with this stunning design.
The Royal Mint of London produces coins for collectors and enthusiasts not just in the United Kingdom but all over the world. The silver and gold bullion coins that are produced by the Royal Mint - the ever famous Britannia coins and are the foundation of every numismatic collection, as every collector at some point has purchased these coins for their collection. And now these incredible coins will be available in stunning platinum.