Britannia Coins

Britannia, the female representation of Britain, standing proud on the nation’s coins for almost 2,000 years

In 2017, Britannia, a representation of Britain’s spirit, celebrates almost 2,000 years on the nation’s coinage, and 30 years since her newest representation was struck for bullion. The modern face of Bullion since 1987, redefined in 2013 to 999.9 gold and 999 silver - our purest ever quality. Britannia has a long history with Britain and its coinage, she is the embodiment of the nation she has represented for almost 2,000 years - a symbol of unity, strength and liberty. The Romans invaded the isles and claimed them as the province of Britannia, searching for a land rich in resources. The Romans depicted the character of the country in a female, goddess-like form and so began Britannia’s story.

The strength of a nation

She first appeared on the Roman coins of Emperor Hadrian circa AD 119 and was revived for the coinage of Charles II in 1672. An evolving icon, Britannia has been depicted with olive branch and owl for peace and wisdom, and with Corinthian helmet and shield for strength and courage, while her trident amid waves or rocky shores proclaims Britain’s maritime might. Her history is so integral to the nation’s coinage that a new flagship gold coin named in her honour was struck by The Royal Mint in 1987.

The classic Britannia

In 1987, esteemed sculptor Philip Nathan created a design that was to become the classic Britannia. He presented the iconic Britannia with a strong maritime influence, standing windswept in a classical gown, waves at her feet; trident, shield and olive branch in hand. His elegant and instantly recognisable Britannia still endures nearly 30 years later.

The contemporary Bullion choice

Britannia coins were added to The Royal Mint’s Bullion portfolio in 1987 in response to a growing global bullion market, with many seeking to purchase one-ounce precious metal coins. It was the most significant development in the gold coinage of the United Kingdom for over 150 years. Philip Nathan’s interpretation of this very British icon was the perfect image to adorn the new coins – instantly recognisable in an international market, the modern face of British bullion and a symbol of strength and tradition.

An updated classic

In 2017, The Royal Mint commemorates the 30th year since Britannia’s bullion design was launched to market. Sculptor Philip Nathan, the designer of the first Britannia bullion in 1987, envisaged her as a classic and evolving icon. In these brand new additions to the bullion collection, the iconic design has been updated and now features a speckled radial sunburst at her back. Britannia coins are CGT exempt in the United Kingdom and our gold Britannia coins are VAT free for non-VAT registered individuals.

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The Sovereign, gold Britannia, gold Queens Beasts and gold Lunar Bullion coins are VAT free for non VAT registered private individuals.

The Sovereign, Britannia, Queens Beasts and Lunar Bullion coins are exempt from UK capital gains tax for UK residents only, due to being legal tender.