Gold Britannia

The Royal Mint of England has been minting Gold Britannias since 1987. They are like the Gold Eagle because they are only about 92% or 22 karat gold. The great thing about buying Britannias is that the UK does not tax gold. This is what drives a lot of people to buy the coin, because with most other gold purchases you have to pay a hefty amount extra because of taxes.

Design and Details

The reverse side of the Britannia depicts a standing Britannia. The claim to fame about this image is that it is over 2000 years old. This image appeared on Roman coins first about 2 centuries ago. The Britannia made a reappearance on copper halfpennies all the way back in 1672 thanks to Charles II. Traditionally, Britannia is pictures being seated but thanks to sculptor Philip Nathan she is standing and looks more powerful and beautiful than ever. The obverse side of the coin depicts Queen Elizabeth II as well as the coin’s face value.

The Gold Britannia is offered in 4 different sizes; 1 ounce, half ounce, quarter ounce, and one tenth ounces. The face values, in British Pounds, is 10, 25, 50, and 100. The diameter of the 1/10th ounce coin is 16.50mm. The quarter ounce Britannia has a diameter of 22mm and the half ounce version has a diameter of 27mm. Finally, the 1 ounce Gold Britannia has a diameter of 32.69mm. The Gold Britannia is about 92% gold or 22 karats which means that it has filler metals to add strength to the coin and to avoid the quick showing of any wear and tear. Between the years of 1987 and 1989 the filler metal was copper, but starting in 1990 up until today it has been silver.

More About the Gold Britannia

Because the Gold Britannia is not made of solid gold like the Gold Panda from China, or the Maple Leaf from Canada, investor interest is not quite as high as collector interest. The Gold Britannia is consistently mentioned as being one of the world’s most beautiful coins as well as being one of the world’s most historically significant coins. The image of the Britannia has been around for thousands of years and is brought back to life thanks to the Britannia. Another reason that this coin is such a popular purchase is because it is a tax-free item, a perk that is very rare nowadays.