Upon its introduction in 1997, the Silver Britannia was the first European silver investment coin. Following the success of its predecessors, such as the Silver Maple Leaf and the American Silver Eagle, the introduction of a British coin was an obvious choice. The Britannia silver coins initially had a silver purity of 0.958 which changed to an increased fineness of 0.9999 pure silver back in 2013. The original design began with sculptor Philip Nathan in 1987 on the gold Britannia. 2017 marks the 20th anniversary of the Silver Britannia coin which is Capital Gains Tax free in the UK. We are an official distributor of the Royal Mint.