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Shop Gold Britannias here at BullionSelect, enjoy Fast Free Shipping for Gold Britannias from The British Royal Mint. Discover the rich heritage and investment potential of the Britannia Series, the official gold bullion coin of Great Britain, available at BullionSelect. Learn about the captivating history, exquisite designs, and evolution of this iconic coin, a favorite among collectors and investors alike.

History and Evolution of the Gold Britannia Coin

Introduced in 1987 by the Royal Mint, the Gold Britannia marked a significant entry into the global gold bullion market. This prestigious series was launched amidst a thriving gold bull market, following the footsteps of other prominent coins like the South African Gold Krugerrand and Canadian Gold Maple Leaf. Designed to meet the growing demand for high-quality gold bullion, the Britannia series showcases the enduring symbol of Britain—Britannia herself.

Symbolism and Design

Britannia has symbolized Britain’s strength and resilience for over 2,000 years. Originally used by the Romans to personify the British Isles, she later became a recurring motif on British coinage starting in 1672 during the reign of King Charles II. The modern interpretation of Britannia on the Gold Britannia coins captures her as a powerful yet graceful figure, standing with a trident symbolizing naval power and an olive branch representing peace. Her presence on the reverse of each coin, against the backdrop of Britain’s southern coast, is a testament to the nation’s historical maritime prowess.

Mintage and Composition

Produced at the Royal Mint’s cutting-edge facility in Llantrisant, South Wales, the Gold Britannia coins initially featured 22-karat gold content (91.67% purity) with a mix of copper. In 1990, the composition shifted to 22-karat gold with silver, maintaining the coin’s integrity and appeal. Notably, since 2013, the Gold Britannia has boasted a purity of .9999 fine gold (24-karat), ensuring each coin contains precisely one troy ounce of pure gold. The face value of the 1 oz coin is £100 (GBP), reflecting its status as legal tender in Great Britain.

Designers and Effigies

The design of the Gold Britannia underwent careful consideration by the Royal Mint, with Philip Nathan’s rendition winning the competition. Nathan’s portrayal of Britannia as a commanding figure with intricate details such as the Union Jack shield and Corinthian helmet has made the coin a cherished piece of numismatic art. On the obverse, the coin features portraits of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II or King Charles III, depending on the issue year, showcasing the continuity of British monarchy and history.

Security Features and Collectibility

In 2021, the Royal Mint introduced enhanced security features to the Britannia series, including surface animation, latent images, tincture lines on the Union Jack, and micro-text, ensuring authenticity and adding to the coin’s collectible appeal. These features highlight the Royal Mint’s commitment to craftsmanship and security, making each Britannia coin a distinctive addition to any collection.

Invest in Gold Britannia Coins

At BullionSelect, we offer a range of Gold Britannia coins, meticulously inspected and securely packaged for delivery. Whether you’re a collector or investor, these coins represent a unique opportunity to own a piece of British heritage and secure your investment in fine gold bullion. Explore our selection today and discover why the Britannia series continues to captivate enthusiasts worldwide. Benefit from free shipping and full insurance on purchases over £199 (GBP), ensuring your investment arrives safely. Start your journey with BullionSelect and add a timeless piece of British history to your collection.