2023 Britannia 1oz .999 Silver Bullion Coin with Queens Effigy
For more than 1,000 years The Royal Mint has innovated to create coins that are both beautiful and secure. In 2023, Britannia, the symbol of Britain, leads the way to redefine security in the bullion market, the embodiment of this drive for the very best in design and security.
This latest evolution of an icon takes Philip Nathan’s acclaimed interpretation of Britannia and adds four ground breaking security features to create the most visually secure coin in the world. These additions both decorate and protect the coin, just as the micro-text that borders the design states – DECUS ET TUTAMEN, or AN ORNAMENT AND A SAFEGUARD. In the lower left-hand of the design, below Britannia’s flowing gown, is a trident to represent her naval history. As the viewer changes their perspective this trident becomes a padlock, emphasising the coin’s secure nature.
Surface animation behind Britannia reflects the movement of waves, and fine details like the Union Flag on Britannia’s shield have been highlighted by tincture lines. Standing firm in the eye of the storm, she displays an unyielding resolve. Since it was chosen to adorn the very first Britannia bullion coin in 1987, it has been acclaimed as a modern masterpiece.
The reverse side of the coin features an image of Lady Britannia walking at sunrise, with a trident in one hand and an olive branch and shield in the other. Around the outside of the coin are the words ‘Britannia’, followed by the coin’s year of minting. The coin’s weight as well as the purity of 999 fine is also located on the outside of the coin.
The reverse of the coin features the four new security features which include;
A latent feature switches between a trident and a padlock as the viewer changes their perspective, representing both Britannia and bullion security.
Britannia’s union flag shield, a powerful symbol of Britain as a whole, is highlighted by the tincture lines.
Micro-text next to the coin’s banding reads ‘DECUS ET TUTAMEN’, which translates as ‘AN ORNAMENT AND A SAFEGUARD’.
The background has surface animation reflecting the movement of the sea, which adds to the intricacy and safety of the coin.
The obverse of each coin features an image of Queen Elizabeth II, with the coin’s face value located on the top left, and ‘Elizabeth II’ located on the top right of the coin.
Individual 2023 Britannia 1oz silver bullion coins are presented in a Swan Bullion stylised plastic flip. Multiples of 25 are packaged into tubes with 20 tubes to a monster box (500oz total to a monster box).
|Silver Content||(Troy oz)||1.000|
|Monetary Denomination||(GBP)||£ 2.00|
|Minimum Gross Weight||(g)||31.1|
|Reverse Designer / Obverse Designer||Philip Nathan / Jody Clark|
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