The Britannia 2022 1 oz gold coin is minted in the United Kingdom at the Royal Mint and contains one troy ounce of gold, minted in 0.9999 pure metal. This coin features more than exceptional purity – it has top-notch security features, too. These include microscopic text, a latent image, and incredibly complex visuals, which make it much more visually interesting as well as incredibly secure and hard to counterfeit. The reverse design includes Philip Nathan's 1987 Britannia portrait and was created by the same team behind the world's most secure coin — the United Kingdom's 12-sided one-pound circulation coin.
The reverse side of the gold coin features Britannia, the personification of the United Kingdom (think of her as the English answer to Lady Liberty). She is wearing a flowing gown and holding both a trident and a shield bearing the Union Jack, representing the UK’s flag. The circle by Britannia's feet appears to transform from a trident into a padlock depending on the viewing angle. Along the edge of the coin is the text "Britannia 2022 1 oz 999.9 Fine Gold," and underneath it is finely engraved micro Latin text saying "Decus et Tutamen," or "an ornament and a safeguard" in English. The Britannia figure stands in front of a series of waves specially engraved to appear to be moving, adding another dynamic element to this intriguing coin.
The obverse side of this coin showcases a recent portrait of Queen Elizabeth II designed by Jody Clark. Jody Clark's initials are engraved below the portrait, and the obverse edge is encircled by text reading "Elizabeth II D.G. REG F D 100 Pounds." These cryptic letters are an abbreviation of the Latin phrase, Dei Gratia Regina Fidei Defensor, or “By the grace of God, Queen, and defender of the faith.” The coin’s edge is reeded as an additional security feature.
*We pack individual coins in plastic sleeves for protection before shipping. If you order 10+ of the same coin, we’ll secure them in protective tubes before shipping.
Key features of the 2022 1 ounce gold Britannia coin include:
- One troy ounce of gold, 0.9999 pure
- Built-in visual security features that prevent counterfeiting of the coin and make it visually fascinating with animated waves, micro text, and a holographic image that transforms between a trident and padlock
- An engraving of Britannia, the traditional personification of Britain, designed by Philip Nathan