Gold Britannia Coin Information
One Ounce of Gold
Many countries now issue a one ounce bullion coin, to be sold at a very low premium over the intrinsic gold value. The British version is the Britannia. Britannias were introduced in 1987, in four weights from one ounce to fractional sizes of half ounce, quarter ounce, and tenth ounce.
Britannias must rank amongst the world's most beautiful bullion coins. Both proof and bullion versions have been issued every year from 1987, although most of the proof coins are only available as part of complete sets.
Britannia - A New Design With A 2000 Year Old Tradition
Britannia first appeared as a reverse type on Roman coins almost 2000 years ago. She reappeared on copper halfpennies and farthings of Charles II from 1672, and continued to appear on bronze coins until decimalisation, when she jumped ship onto the new fifty pence coins.
Britannia is usually portrayed seated, but in 1901 to 1935 she appeared standing on British Trade Dollars, and from 1902 to 1910, also on the florins of Edward VII. The new "Standing Britannia" used on the gold britannia coins was designed by sculptor Philip Nathan.
VAT Free From January 2000
In Britain investment gold coins became VAT free.
The following table summarises the specifications of all the sizes.
|Size||Face Value||Diameter||Weight||Alloy||Gold Content||Gold Content|
|One Ounce (1987 - 2012)||£100||32.69||34.0500||.917||31.104||1.0000|
|One Ounce (2013)||£100||38.61||31.2100||.9999||31.104||1.0000|
|One Ounce (2014 - to present)||£100||32.69||31.2100||.9999||31.104||1.0000|
The 1/12th of the alloy which is not gold, is copper for issues until 1989, and silver from 1990.
Diameter = Diameter in millimetres.
Britannia Proof Issues
In every year, The Royal Mint have produced proof versions of the Britannia. These are usually available only in sets of all four sizes, and in pairs of the two smallest sizes. We occasionally have one or more sets available, please take a look at our Britannia Proof Sets page.
Full Alphabetical Index of Products
You can find all of our gold Britannias by clicking here and browsing the online catalogue. Alternatively our entire backdated gold and silver range can be found on this link. We provide a full breakdown in the table below with appropriate hyperlinks.
Please click on the prices to be taken to the correct product
|Date||Proof 0.25 oz||Proof 0.1 oz|