It is 25 years since the Royal Mint struck the first Britannia coin in 1987, which won the prestigious ‘Coin of the Year’ award.
In recognition of this, the Royal Mint are releasing for 2012 gold and silver Britannia coins baring Philip Nathan’s original famous ‘standing’ design that featured on the first coins – one of nine designs to feature on Britannia coins over the past twenty-five years.
Britannia gold coins have become renowned for their vibrant yellow colour that is reminiscent of the gold coins of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries when the image of Britannia was beginning to feature prominently on British coins. To achieve this, the Royal Mint since 1990 has added a small of amount of silver to the metal content to give the famous lustrous finish.
For 2012 the Royal Mint has issued an array of Britannia pieces in different sizes and in both gold and silver. All these issues will feature the original Philip Nathan reverse design in all its glory.
Due to the extremely high regard United Kingdom Britannia coins are held in the numismatic world, combined with this significant 25th anniversary year, it is entirely credible that we will see a number of the 2012 Britannia issues sell-out in this Diamond Jubilee year.