These coins were first produced by the Royal Mint in 1997. A bullion coin, the full silver Britannia has a face value of £2 with fractional sizes also produced of one half (£1), one quarter (50p) and one tenth (20p) sizes. Containing a troy ounce of silver, the Britannia has featured a number of designs on the reverse. Even-numbered years since 1998 depict a standing Britannia in a design produced in 1987 by Philip Nathan. In odd-numbered years, the reverse design has changed with a different version of Britannia. Since 2013, the reverse design has changed on the non-bullion issue and will continue to do so for each subsequent issue; the bullion version will remain consistent with the original designs.
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In 2014, there was a mix-up at the Royal Mint and around 17,000 silver Britannias were incorrectly struck within incorrect obverse taken from the Lunar series. Dubbed the ‘Mule Britannia’ due to the fact the coin features the ‘Year of the Horse’ design, a rare silver Britannia of this design can attract large premiums on resale.
Before 2013, mintage was limited but now the Royal Mint produces these bullion coins based on demand. However, some versions attract a scarcity value including 5oz proof, 1oz proof, proof sets and limited edition presentations.
Two decades on from the first minting of the 1oz British Silver Britannia coin and the Royal Mint has produced a limited special edition of the popular bullion coin. With just 120,000 available, there is a collectable value (and buyer’s premium) in addition to their investment value.
Featuring the new high-security radial design with a unique trident ‘20’ mintmark, you can buy the 1oz British Silver Britannia from Physical Gold Limited; however, do be aware that the intrinsic premium of a collectable coin such as this means that investors may prefer to buy silver bullion coins instead.
The Silver Britannia is currently produced with a millesimal fineness of 0.999 or 99.9% silver but before 2013 was struck with just 95.8% silver (or a fineness of 0.958). Coins issued between the period 1997-2012 have a diameter of 38.61mm having a total mass of 31.21g. A Britannia Silver coin struck after 2013 has a mass of 32.45g with a diameter of 40.00mm. From 2013, the thickness of the Britannia silver coin is 3mm and has a milled edge. From 2015, the obverse features the Jody Clark design of the Queen’s portrait.
Currently, we’re only offering delivery of silver coins and silver bars (such as 1kg bars). Deliveries are FREE in the UK, fully insured and discrete. For home storage, you are free to make your own arrangements either with a safety deposit box with your local bank or in a secure location at home. We can supply accessories for storage, and these can be purchased from our online shop. However, if you buy them in quantities of 25 then these come in conveniently stackable tubes.