There is a new Britannia silver bullion coin, but it’s not from the
The Pobjoy Mint has announced the first bullion coin ever issued for
the Falkland Islands, and the Reverse Proof 2017 1-crown coin depicts
a helmeted version of Britannia, the personification that has come to
signify Great Britain.
A Reverse Proof finish offers mirrored devices (design areas) and
frosted fields, the opposite of the traditional Proof coin displaying
frosted devices and mirrored fields.
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The coin is being launched to coincide with the 35th anniversary of
the British defense of the Falklands during a war with Argentina, and
to honor the soldiers that gave their lives for the sovereignty of
their country, according to the Pobjoy Mint.
In the foreground holding a trident, Britannia graces the reverse of
the coin, serving as a symbol of British unity, liberty and strength.
The waves of the sea are shown in the background.
The obverse features the exclusive Pobjoy effigy of Queen Elizabeth II.
Britannia is the modern name of, and subject of, the Royal Mint’s
gold and silver bullion program, but the symbol has a long history
with coinage, appearing on ancient British coins from Roman times.
The patriotic British song “Rule, Britannia!” originated from a poem
written by James Thomson of the same name and was set to music in 1740
by Thomas Arne.
The song has always been strongly associated with the Royal Navy,
hence the association with the Falklands Liberation due the important
part naval forces played in the conflict, according to the Pobjoy Mint.
Britannia is a particularly strong British national emblem and the
words from the song “Britannia Rules the Waves” are particularly
resonating in relation to the Falklands Liberation.
The long-running dispute between Britain and Argentina over the
ownership of the Falkland Islands erupted into military action on
March 19, 1982, when 50 Argentines landed on South Georgia Island and
hoisted their flag.
Under the order of Leopoldo Galtieri, president of Argentina, the
invasion of the Falkland Islands was declared on April 2, which
triggered the start of the war.
Britannia was actually the Latin name given to Great Britain in 43
A.D. when it was occupied by the Romans. She was then personified and
turned into a goddess whose originally bare breasted, spear-wielding
figure has appeared on coins from the second century until the modern day.
The 1-ounce .999 fine silver 1-crown coin measures 38.6 millimeters
in diameter and has a mintage limit of 50,000 pieces.
The price will fluctuate based on the precious metal price at the
time of purchase.
The 2017 Falkland Islands Britannia bullion coins are available in
individually heat-sealed packs, or in capsules.
Major bullion distributors are offering the coin, in addition to it
being sold through the Pobjoy Mint’s website.