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Britain marks Britannia anniversaries


Stacks of Britain’s Royal Mint 2017 1 oz .9999 fine gold and .999 fine silver bullion coins. (Images courtesy & © The Royal Mint)

Thirty years ago the British Royal Mint struck its first gold Britannia bullion coin.

Ten years later saw the release of the BRM’s first silver Britannia bullion piece. In each case the striking reverse design was by sculptor Philip Nathan.

That design has returned. The BRM is using it on the 2017 bullion issues to mark the dual anniversaries.

Britannia stands tall and imperious before a radial sunburst. Her robe flutters in the wind that also streams her hair where it has escaped her Corinthian helmet.

In her right hand she proffers a trident. Her left rests on her emblazoned shield while clasping an olive branch. Her bare feet bestride, “a green and pleasant land.”

The new .9999 fine gold bullion pieces comprise a £100 (one ounce), £50 (half ounce), £25 (quarter ounce), and £10 (tenth ounce). The .999 fine silver is a one-ounce £2 coin.

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