The Silver Britannia Coin
Britannia coins were originally minted by the Royal Mint as a gold bullion coin and released in 1987, the gold Britannia proved to be a big success with collectors and investors that a silver version of the coin was minted and released in 1997 as a silver proof coin and in a silver proof coin set. Since 1998 silver Britannia coins have been released in a silver proof finish and a silver bullion finish, silver proof Britannia coin sets are also released consisting of 4 silver proof coins.
In 1998 and in all even numbered years the reverse design of the coin has depicted a standing Britannia figure, from 1999 and then continuing in odd numbered years, there have been a series of alternate and non-repeating depictions of Britannia.
The silver Britannia from 1997-2012 was minted to a fineness of .958 also known as Britannia silver, but from 2013 Britannia coins will have a fineness of .999 silver. Britannia silver coins contain one troy ounce of silver and have a face value of £2. The silver Britannia is also issued in the fractional sizes of one-half, one-quarter, and one-tenth of a troy oz and each with a face value of £1, 50p, and 20p respectively. Since 2013 there have been two additional sizes coins added, a five ounce coin which has a face value of £10, and the fractional size of a one-twentieth with a face value of face 10p.
Coins minted from 1997-2012 had a limited mintage run but from 2013 the bullion version of the Britannia coin has been minted to demand.
Silver Britannia Mintage Figures
|Date/Release||1oz Bullion Coins||1oz Proof Coins|
|2003||73,721||2,016 / 5,000||3,669 / 5,000
|2004||100,000||2,174 / 5,000|
|2005||100,000||1,539 / 2,500||2,360 / 3,500
|2006||100,000||2,529 / 2,750|
|2007||100,000||5,157 / 7,500 ||2,500
Page Resources –
– For more information on the Silver Britannia coins visit the Royal Mint.