For decades, the Gold Britannia series, initiated in 1987, bore the visage of Queen Elizabeth II. In the wake of Queen Elizabeth II’s passing in September 2022 and the ascension of King Charles III to the throne, the Royal Mint has unveiled the second issue of the Britannia to feature King Charles III. The 2023 Britannia had 2 versions, one with a Queen Elizabeth II effigy and one with a King Charles III effigy. A moment of great significance in the annals of British coinage, this coin is poised to become a prized possession for both collectors and investors.
The 2024 1/2 oz British Gold Britannia maintains its standard of excellence. Each coin contains 1/2 troy ounce of .9999 pure gold, making it a testament to the Royal Mint’s unwavering commitment to quality. It arrives in your hands in individual protective flips or sheets of 20 coins, ensuring the preservation of its pristine condition.
The obverse of this coin showcases the first coinage portrait of King Charles III, designed by the talented Martin Jennings in left-profile relief. The King is depicted without a crown, adding a touch of contemporary authenticity. On the reverse, you’ll find a modern interpretation of Britannia, originally crafted in 1987 by Philip Nathan. Britannia stands resolute atop a rock, holding a trident in her right hand and a Union Jack shield and olive branch in her left, symbolizing strength and peace.
This gold coin not only embodies history but also incorporates advanced security elements to guarantee its legitimacy. From a moving wave texture in the reverse background to a latent security image of a padlock, tincture lines on the shield, and micro-text engraving, these features ensure the authenticity of your investment.
Did you know that Britannia’s image has graced British coinage for over three centuries? She first appeared on a farthing in 1672 during the reign of Charles II and has remained an enduring symbol of British identity.