The 2021 1 oz Silver Britannia from the Royal Mint of England features Jody Clarke’s portrait of Elizabeth II on the obverse (front side) and a guilloche pattern in the background. The reverse displays Philip Nathan’s interpretation of Britannia, inspired by the Celtic Queen Boadicea. With a trident in one hand, a shield displaying the Union Jack and an olive branch in the other, and a Corinthian helmet on her head, Nathan’s figure holds connotations of both peace and war.
These coins are the only silver bullion coins so far to incorporate the Royal Mint’s four latest security features. A background pattern designed to mimic waves’ movement on the obverse side makes the coin more difficult to counterfeit, as do the additional lines added to Britannia’s shield. A holographic spot displays either a trident or a padlock depending on the angle of view. Along with the added Latin text, Decus Et Tutamen engraved around the coin’s inner ring, these features make the coin exceptionally secure and highly resistant to counterfeiting efforts.
The 2021 1 oz Silver Britannia boasts a silver content of 0.999 fineness, or 99.9% purity, and a face value of £2. From 1997 to 2012, the purity was 95.8%. With fascinating historical figures on each side and highly advanced anti-counterfeiting measures from one of the oldest mints in the world, the 1 oz Silver Britannia is an investor’s favorite and valued addition to any collection of silver bullion coins.
About British Silver Britannia Coins
The Royal Mint of England has issued these coins since 1997. In 2014, the Mint misstruck approximately 17,000 coins with the wrong obverse side, the only instance in which the coin’s traditional iconography was not present. Once located inside the Tower of London, the Royal Mint is now based in Wales.
- Groundbreaking visual security including visual animations to deter counterfeiters
- Purity of 0.999 fineness or 99.9% pure silver
- Issued by one of the world’s oldest and well-established mints
- Backed by the UK government and accepted as legal tender within the UK (£2 face value)