Each year, a different British artist—who must be approved by the Queen—is chosen to design their own take on the original standing portrait of Britannia by Philip Nathan. The coin’s 2013 artist, Robert Hunt, has emphasized the grace and classical tradition of Britannia as she dons a Roman robe with a Corinthian helmet and Neptune’s trident, staking her claim as “ruler of the waves.” An owl accompanies her to symbolize wisdom.
The first Silver Britannia was minted in the U.K. in 1997 to celebrate the 10-year anniversary of the Gold Britannia coin. Since their introduction, each Britannia bullion coin has been made with a fineness of .958—until now. In 2013, the Royal Mint increased the purity to 99.9%.
- Mint: Royal Mint of England
- Type: Bullion (Investment)
- Mintage: Minted annually since 1997
- Silver Content: 0.999 fine silver since 2013, 0.958 from 1997-2012
- Diameter: 38.61 mm in diameter (1.52 in.)
- Thickness: 3 mm in thickness (0.12 in.)
- Weight: 1 troy ounce (31.1g)
- Face Value: £2
- Coin Highlights:
- Features the Roman personification of the British Isles - the Roman goddess Britannia
- The official silver bullion coin for Great Britain
- The coin has been released annually to the public since 1997
- Originally, the purity of this coin was 0.958, but purity standards were subsequently increased to match other sovereign bullion coins
- The coin's quality and purity are guaranteed by the British Royal Mint.
Silver and gold coins from The Royal Mint are undergoing a change in purity from their traditional 95.8% to 99.9% fineness level. This new standard in British silver bullion makes the Britannia coin a valuable addition to your portfolio or collection.