The Royal Mint is a famous powerhouse in the numismatic community and has been so for many years. The Royal Mint 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. The ever-famous Britannia coins represent Britannia that is woven into the very fabric of the land. Elegant, noble, steadfast and true, 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 during times of upheaval and change.
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. Beautiful, timeless and elegant, she personifies the nation, a symbol of pride and continuity. 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. Designed by one of The Royal Mint's own gifted engravers, Jody Clark, the fifth portrait coveys Her Majesty's maturity and stature.
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. There is little wonder why 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, though remaining on coins already in circulation, 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 Britannia coins will be available in 1 oz. Gold, 1/2 oz. Gold, 1/4 oz. Gold, 1/10 oz. Gold and 1 oz. Silver designs. The edge of these amazing coins is serrated and is purposely designed so in order 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 these stunning designs.
The Royal Mint produces coins that features supreme minting quality and purity and are backed by the government of Great Britain and to be legal tender at its face value and are valid throughout the entire United Kingdom. The rich history that the Royal Mint enjoys is not without merit. The sheer number of countries for which the Royal Mint has struck coins for is staggering and includes countries such as Falkland Islands, Pitcairn Islands, Russia, and many others. Some of these countries have Mints of their own, but only thanks to the Royal Mint of London as they were the initial teachers of coin production to these now famous mints. Even the United States, while being a British colony, enjoyed the spectacular coin designs of the Royal Mint as that is where the majority of colonial coins were struck and then distributed to numerous ships bound for various countries. Interestingly enough, some of those ships sank due to weather phenomenon or pirate attacks and today, these shipwrecked colonial coins are some of the most prized coins in the world.
The Silver Britannia is now available for presale. Sign up to be notified about the gold release! These coins will be available in the original government packaging and in the certified form.