Britannia is the female representation of Britain and has been the modern face of bullion since 1987. Recognised and trusted around the world, the bullion Britannia coin is sought after by investors and institutions alike.
The Royal Mint is famous for its ability to blend the finest craftsmanship with innovative technology, and in 2022, the Britannia bullion coin has evolved once more to spearhead the best security technology available and lead the way as the most visually secure coin in the world.
The iconic design has evolved over time. Struck in 999.9 fine gold and enhanced with four new features, Philip Nathan’s award-winning is as beautiful as ever on this bullion coin.
Brittania is boldly standing beside a shield that bears the Union Flag, a symbol of Britain’s strength. She bears a trident in her right hand, while the left hand holds an olive branch representing peace. ‘BRITANNIA 2022, 1 OZ’, and ‘999.9 FINE GOLD’ are inscribed along the rim.
In the lower left-hand of the design, below Britannia’s flowing gown, a trident represents her naval history and as the viewer changes their perspective this trident becomes a padlock, emphasising the coin’s secure nature. Surface creates movement to the background of waves and fine details such as the Union flag on Britannia’s shield have been carefully accented with tincture lines. These added security features both decorate and protect the coin, just as the micro-text that borders the design states – ‘DECUS ET TUTAMEN’ ("An ornament and a safeguard").
The obverse features the fifth and most recent portrait of Queen Elizabeth II, first introduced in 2015, designed by the Royal Mint's own engraver, Jody Clark. It shows the Queen wearing the King George IV State Diadem and Diamond Jubilee drop pearl earrings, with the words ‘ELIZABETH II, D.G. REG. F.D.’ ("Dei Gratia Regina Fidei Defensor" — Latin for "By the grace of God, Queen, Defender of the Faith") and the coin denomination ‘100 POUNDS’.
Britannia is the enduring female symbol of a nation and an internationally recognised and traded bullion coin. Invest in a timeless icon.
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