“The Queen is dead, long live the King”! After the death of the beloved Queen Elizabeth II in September 2022, her eldest son Charles became King. You now have the opportunity to buy the Britannia coin with the first ever coinage portrait of King Charles III.
The ¼ oz Gold Britannia 2023 features a portrait of the new King that has been designed by sculptor Martin Jennings. Jennings works in the figurative tradition in bronze and stone, and has created some amazing statues including the one of John Betjeman at St Pancras station in London. He was chosen in a private competition held by the Royal Mint Advisory Committee. The design was personally approved by King Charles … Jennings even said that King Charles liked the image and responded very positively to it.
Jennings’ Royal portrait shows Charles facing left, the opposite direction to his mother who looks right on her coins.The tradition for British monarchs to face a different direction to their predecessor dates back to the seventeenth century. As with previous British Kings, and unlike Queen Elizabeth II, he wears no crown. The portrait was designed to give an accessible look to the King and the same is true of the inscription. Indeed the English form of the King’s name “Charles” has been chosen for the legends on the coins rather than the Latin “Carolus”. Around Charles head is written CHARLES III • D • G • REX • F • D •25 POUNDS
The design of Britannia from Philip Nathan on the reverse is also remarkable. Britannia, the female warrior, the national personification of Britain, is holding a trident in her right arm and a shield bearing the Union Jack with her left hand.One of the oldest symbols of Britain, Britannia stands proud before the ocean and is surrounded by inscriptions bearing her name, year of mintage, weight and purity.
The Britannia design reflects on the changes of the nation, its resilience and values. The internationally recognised design is highly regarded and only the Royal Mint is able to strike Britannia coins featuring Philip Nathan’s interpretation of the icon.
Philip Nathan’s iconic Britannia has been enhanced with four design features that make it very difficult to counterfeit. They are:
The image: A latent image switches between a trident and a padlock when the coin is rotated
The lettering: Micro text spells out the words DECUS ET TUTAMEN
The shield: The light and dark tones of the United Kingdom flag on the shield are created by smooth lines
The background: Surface animation creates a wave motion behind Britannia when the coin is moved.
The Britannia coin is already one of the most popular coins produced in the world. But for the first time, the Britannia ¼ oz Gold coin will feature the portrait of His Majesty The King. It is surely a good enough reason for you to acquire this amazing piece of art on Coininvest today!
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