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Britannia Coins are one of the most popular bullion coins in the UK. Available in both silver and gold as well as a variety of denominations, the design features the iconic figure of Britannia and is minted in limited numbers. The domestic market can benefit from tax efficient investments as both the silver and gold Britannia coins are Capital Gains Tax and VAT free. When you buy Britannia coins through Physical Gold, we deliver direct to your door using our fully insured courier service. With fast and efficient payment processing and handling, you can start, or add to, your gold holding today with this modern classic investment coin.
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The first Britannia Coin was struck in gold in 1987 with its silver cousin being minted a decade later in 1997. The initial gold coin was created in response to the declining popularity of the Royal Mint’s bullion coin, the Sovereign.
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The immensely successful Krugerrand was the precursor to the Britannia coin. Image via Evan Bench, Flickr.
The Sovereign had been a popular choice for investors in bullion gold since it was first minted in the 19th century. The iconic coin had held substantial status in the domestic, European and international markets as a coin of high quality with good provenance. However, the introduction of the South African Krugerrand in 1967 proved to be bad news for the Royal Mint. Cast using exactly 1 oz of gold, the Krugerrand was instantly a preferred choice of bullion coin and by 1980 was dominating the investment markets, making up almost 90% of all bullion coins. Though it took the Royal Mint a further seven years to respond to its change of fortunes, the Gold Britannia was worth waiting for. Drawing on the national brand and opting for a figure of the quintessentially British Britannia, the coin was also struck using 1 oz of gold. However, the initial design featured just 22-carat gold. This was updated in 2013 since when the Gold Britannia has been struck with 24-carat gold. The Britannia design has changed during the course of the coin’s 30-year history and has featured her in the classic seated pose, standing, against a backdrop of waves, with chariot and, in 2001, she was even replaced by Una and the Lion.  A powerful, female personification of the United Kingdom, Britannia coins appeal to both the domestic markets as well as to international investors, the Asian markets particularly.
Both gold and silver Britannia coins have the status of being Capital Gains Tax free and here at Physical Gold, we’re also able to deliver both to UK households without charging UK VAT. For this reason, they are increasingly popular as investments for business owners seeking to secure their company profits over a short to medium term. Individual investors are also guaranteed to be able to keep 100% of any profits made on top of the resale value of these special tax status bullion coins.
The Britannia gold coin has a face value of £100 and weighs one troy ounce. However, the gold Britannia is also available in fractional sizes with face values of £50, £25 and £10 weighing one half, one quarter and one-tenth of a troy ounce respectively. The Britannia silver coin has a face value of £2 and is available in the same fractional denominations as its gold cousin with face values of £1, 50p and 20p respectively.
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The 2011 Britannia featured Una and the Lion in place of the iconic Britannia design. Image via Wikimedia Commons.
2017 marks an important anniversary for the Britannia with the gold version celebrating thirty years of mintage and the silver version, twenty years. As a result, the Royal Mint has created several collectors editions of the coin including presentation case proof versions. Collectors editions of Britannia coins come with a buyer’s premium that are often unable to be realised on resale of your gold and silver. They do not make the best investment coins and those individuals looking to get the best value for their investments should look at bullion versions of Britannia coins. We can offer discounts on larger volumes, passing economies of scale directly on to our customers.
Bullion coins offer an ideal way for investors to build a precious metals holding and, because of their tax free status, Britannia coins provide a cost effective way to buy. Whilst silver offers a lower buy in price point and the potential for greater returns, the higher price of gold is an attractive investment solution for many traditional commodities investors. Most investors choose to invest in gold and silver as an alternative, or supplementary, investment to paper assets and enjoy the benefits that physical gold and silver offers when stocks and shares suffer from the volatility of an economic downturn. Though silver and gold bars offer better value for money when it comes to negating the higher production costs of coins, bullion coins offer greater flexibility when it comes to divisibility and investors can liquidate part of their portfolio more easily. A balance of bullion coins and bars mixed with some rare and collectible coins can provide greater long-term security and allow investors to  take advantage of price changes in the price of gold and silver.

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2018 Britannia Gold Coin

The Britannia remains the most popular 1oz gold coin for collectors and investors alike. This is a brand new coin, struck in 999.9 fineness 24 carat gold and is minted by The Royal Mint. The coins will come in a Royal Mint tube if bought in quantities of ten. Smallers orders will come lose, but the Britannia coin capsules can be ordered to protect them.

As with all UK currency coins, the Gold Britannia is CGT exempt and VAT free in the UK and European Union.

The familiar fifth portrait by Jody Clark of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, is on the obverse of this coin. With the monarch’s age, this portrait (first issued in 2015) will likely be the last portrait of the Queen. The featured crown is the King George IV State Diadem, generally worn to mark the annual state opening of parliament. The front of the 2018 Britannia boasts an attractive dimpling effect around the portrait.

The reverse of this coin contains the popular design of Britannia by Philip Nathan, surrounded by a similar radial design as the previous 2017 Gold Britannia. The Beitannia motif is generally updated every few years which keeps the design fresh and enhances the collectibility of the coins.

In this design, Britannia is shown standing in front of the sun, standing tall against a gale with her shield, Corinthian helmet and olive branch.

Around the design of Britannia is the legend ‘BRITANNIA  2018 999.9 FINE GOLD’

Why it was launched

In basic terms, to compete with the Krugerrand. The South African coin was the first bullion coin to hold exactly 1oz of gold and after its launch in 1967, it managed to dominate the ever-growing gold investment market. With their roots firmly in tradition, the Royal Mint were perhaps slow to recognise and capitalise on the growing demand for bullion coins. Exactly 20 years after the Krugerrand launch, the Mint eventually launched the 1oz Britannia coin as a direct competitor to the more-established coin.

Good move

I bet they’re pleased they did now, as the Gold Britannia has grown into one of the most popular coins globally, successfully spreading the MInt’s name worldwide. While the Britannia certainly dominates the UK market, te Kruerrand still holds great recognition and appeal, especially on the continent. The Royal Mint’s desire to appeal to the global market was demonstrated when the Britannia swapped from a 22 carat coin to fine gold (24 carat) in 2013. Te lucrative and expanding asian precious metals market generally will only buy pure gold.

Variety of Britannia coins

Due to the popularity of the 1oz gold Britannia coin, several other versions have been spawned. The gold version is available in Half, Quarter and tenth ounce sizes, to complement the larger 1oz coin. These can be bought in bullion finish or in proof sets which command a premium due to finish and presentation. The smaller coins can appeal both to collectors and modest investors who seek smaller, more affordable individual coins.

Special editions

In recent years we’ve also witnessed beautiful special edition 1oz iterations. Last year witnessed the 30th anniversary limited edition of the coin which commanded a premium over the mass produced version. This year, in very limited quantity, the Royal Mint have launched a version with an oriental style border, no doubt to further appeal to the Asian market.

And now in silver

A decade after the Gold Britannia launch came the 1oz Silver Britannia. In a similar fashion to it’s older gold cousin, the 1oz silver coin has become the go to coin for those investing in silver. The coin is mass produced to reduce cost and provide great value for money. As a legal tender coin, it also attracts no Capital Gains Tax.

Our expert opinion

The newest version of the Britannia 1oz gold coin is always one of our best sellers. Quite simply, it ticks all the boxes. For invstors, the 1oz size reduces production cost when compared to smaller coins. It’s mass produced at the Mint and finished to bullion standard, lending itself to a value investment. For UK investors, the £100 face value can be a huge cost saving when it comes to sell. That’s because the face value qualifies the coin as legal tender and therefore thr Treasuury can’t tax you on any Capital Gains made when selling the coins. Quantity discounts run deep too, so you’re rewarded with reductions as you increase the amount you buy. When selling, the Britannias also pay well.

The best bit..

Of all the 1oz coins, the Britannia tends to have the fewest churners. In other words, most people buy and hold, and look to pass them down the generations. So there are very rarely a glut of pre-owned coins coming onto the market. This provides a great support for the second hand price. With the coins now being 24 carat (sice 2013), there is also a strong bid from China, further enhancing demand and growth potential.

The Britnnia doesn’t neglect tapping into the collectors coin market either. The symbol of Britannia is creatively updated every few years so that the various issues reamin distinct and appealing. The special edition versions like the oriental edge and 30th nniversary edition, further attract buyers.