|Value||2 pounds sterling|
|Composition||.958 silver (1997 - 2012)
.999 silver (2013 - present)
|Years of minting||1997-present|
|Design||Queen Elizabeth II|
Britannia gold coins contain one troy ounce of gold and have a face value of £100. Gold Britannias also are issued in fractional sizes of one-half, one-quarter, and one-tenth of a troy ounce and with face values of £50, £25, and £10 respectively. In 2013 two additional sizes were introduced, a five ounce coin of face value £500, and a fractional size of one-twentieth of face value £1.
Britannia silver coins contain one troy ounce of silver and have a face value of £2. Silver Britannias also are issued in fractional sizes of one-half, one-quarter, and one-tenth of a troy ounce and with face values of £1, 50p, and 20p respectively. Like the gold coins in 2013 two additional sizes were introduced, a five ounce coin of face value £10, and a fractional size of one-twentieth of face value 10p.
From 2013 the gold coins have a millesimal fineness of .9999 (or 24 carat gold). Until 2012 the gold coins have a millesimal fineness of .917 (91.7% or 22 carat gold) with the non-gold component being copper until 1989 and silver from 1990.
2013 Gold Britannia specifications (gold content, not total weight)
- Five ounces: diameter 65 mm, (156.295 g)
- One ounce: diameter 38.61 mm, (31.104 g)
- Half ounce: diameter 27 mm, (15.60 g)
- One quarter ounce: diameter 22 mm, (7.86 g)
- One tenth ounce: diameter 16.50 mm, (3.13 g)
- One twentieth ounce: diameter 12 mm, (1.58 g)
1987-2012 Gold Britannia specifications (gold content, not total weight)
- One ounce: diameter 32.69 mm, (31.104 g)
- Half ounce: diameter 27.00 mm, (15.552 g)
- Quarter ounce: diameter 22.00 mm,(7.776 g)
- Tenth ounce: diameter 16.50 mm, (3.110 g)
From 2013 the silver coins have a millesimal fineness of .999 (99.9% silver). From 1997-2012 the silver coins have a millesimal fineness of 958 (95.8% or Britannia silver).
Silver Britannias have been released each year beginning in 1997, when a silver proof set was offered. In 1998 and in all subsequent even-numbered years the reverse design has depicted a standing Britannia figure. Beginning in 1999 and continuing in odd-numbered years, a series of alternate, non-repeating depictions of Britannia have replaced the standing figure on the reverse.
Silver Britannia mintages
|Year||Uncirculated||1oz Proof (Orders / Issue Limit)||Proof sets (Orders / Issue Limit)|
|2003||73,271||2,016 / 5,000||3,669 / 5,000|
|2004||100,000||2,174 / 5,000||–|
|2005||100,000||1,539 / 2,500||2,360 / 3,500|
|2006||100,000||2,529 / 2,750||–|
|2007||100,000||5,157 / 7,500||2,500|
|2013||Mint to Order||2,500||-|
1. "Silver Britannia Mintage". Silver Bullion World. Retrieved 15 September 2013.
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