Britain’s Royal Mint on July 15 launched its new Britannia 2015 Proof
coin collection in .9999 fine gold and .999 fine silver, including
individual coins such as the United Kingdom’s smallest coin, weighing
just one 40th of an ounce.
Britannia is the female personification of Britain, featured
prominently on coinage for centuries, including on the Britannia coin series first introduced in 1987 as
a gold coin and in 1997 as a silver coin. It’s become tradition for a
new design to appear on the Britannia each year, with every artist
bringing a unique flair to the icon’s image, the changing face of Britain.
The 2015 Britannia has a nautical theme and was designed by Antony
Dufort. The icon wears her familiar Corinthian helmet and holds the
trident, a nod to Britain’s maritime might. A masted ship with
billowing sails reinforces the traditional seafaring nature of the
The obverse of each Britannia coin features Jody Clark’s newly
designed effigy of Queen Elizabeth II.
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Each set or coin is housed in a Royal Mint case, tailored
accordingly to the contents, and is complemented by a booklet
revealing Britannia’s story and the inspiration behind the design.
The Royal Mint offers seven different sizes of the Proof Britannia
silver coins and six different sizes of Proof Britannia gold coins,
the smallest being a 40th of an ounce in either metal. The smallest
silver coin is a 5-penny piece and the smallest gold coin is
denominated 50 pence. Both measure 8 millimeters in diameter, or less
than half the diameter of a Roosevelt dime.
The largest coin in both metals weighs 5 ounces, with the silver
version denominated £10 and the gold version denominated £500.
For full coinage specifications, program details and costs, visit
the Royal Mint website.
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