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Final minting of Queen Elizabeth II Britannia gold coins!

This 1 oz British gold 2023 Britannia coin features the fifth and final effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and has a limited production run. A Britannia coin featuring King Charles will be released in the new year… Better get the last Queen Elizabeth II Britannia right now!

The Britannia 2023 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, 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 2023 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 the final portrait of the late Queen Elizabeth II 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" (see below for translation). The coin’s edge is reeded as an additional (and traditional) security feature.

2023 1oz British gold Britannia coin highlights:

  • Final appearance of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II on the gold Britannia coin!
  • Minted in one troy ounce of 0.9999 pure gold
  • Built-in visual features prevent counterfeiting and make the coin visually fascinating (animated waves, micro text, and a transforming holographic image)
  • Britannia, the traditional personification of Britain, as interpreted by Philip Nathan
  • We pack individual coins in plastic sleeves for protection before shipping, and orders of 10+ identical coins are secured in a protective tube instead

D.G. REG F.D. meaning

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.” 

That might sound a little strange to American ears… but remember, in the Church of England, the reigning monarch is not only the king or queen, they’re also the head of the church. This second role dates to King Henry VIII’s reign (1509-1547), who severed ties with the Roman Catholic Church because Pope Clement VII refused to annul Henry’s marriage to Catherine of Aragon (his brother’s widow, who’d failed to produce a living male heir after two decades of trying). The title “fedei defensor,” defender of the faith, actually predated this schism – King Henry VIII was the last defender of the Roman Catholic faith and the first defender of the brand new faith he invented. 

The phrase “D.G. REG. F.D.” is traditional on British coins, but it isn’t set in stone… I have in my personal collection an 1897 sovereign minted during the reign of Queen Victoria. The inscription on the coin’s edge reads: 



(Yes, the -ix suffix is the feminine version of the Latin “defender.”)

Interestingly, those last two words, INDIAE IMPERATRIX, mean “Empress of India.” As late as 1897, the British possession of India was so important to the Empire that it earned proclamation on the day’s circulating currency! Isn’t coin-collecting fascinating? 

Product specifications
Metal Gold
Purity 0.9999
Product Type Coin
Year Minted 2023
Mint Royal Mint
Country United Kingdom
Mint type Government
Grade BU
Weight 1 oz
Thickness 3 mm
Certificate of Authenticity false
IRA Eligibility Yes
Dimensions 32.7 mm
Face Value/Denomination £100
Obverse Design Jody Clark
Reverse Design Phillip Nathan
Edge Design Reeded






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