The Britannia - The Most British Coin on the Market
Upon its introduction in 1987, the Britannia was the first European investment coin. Following the success of its predecessors, such as the Maple Leaf
, the Krugerrand
and the American Eagle
, the introduction of a British coin was an obvious choice. And what symbol could be more suitable for such a coin than a portrait of the British Isles' goddess of protection? With her wind-swept robe, protected by her trident and shield bearing the Union Jack, Britannia is a truly heroic sight. Even as far back as Roman Britain, Britannia was venerated as a godess of protection and has since become the personification of the United Kingdom.
In the course of the development of British national identity in the 16th century, Britannia also went through a change. While the trident and combat helmet already belonged to the ancient model, the modern Britannia also bears the British national colours on her protective shield. In accordance with the fundamental role of its namesake, the Britannia coin also enjoys great popularity in the United Kingdom. In the 17th century, the personification of UK independence was minted for the first time on copper coins. As an investment coin, the gold Britannia is minted in denominations of 1/10, 1/4, 1/2 and 1 ounce
; in 2013 a silver coin
was added, minted at a fine weight of one ounce. Initially, a fine content of 916.66/1000 was used and has been increased to 999.9/1000 since 2013. Due to this change, the copper content of the coin has been reduced and the colour has changed from a reddish to a purely yellow gold. In the last few years, the design of the coin has changed again and again. But the most important change was the introduction of the fifth official portrait of the Queen. No British monarch has ever received such an honour, because no British king or queen has ever been on the throne for as long as Queen Elizabeth II. An important feature of the coin is that it is CGT and VAT exempt in the UK.
If you are interested in purchasing the most British of all investment coins, have a look at our range of silver and gold Britannias. If you have any questions, you can call us at +49 (0) 69 348 77570, or send us an e-mail
. We look forward to your order!