The Royal Mint, perhaps the most respected mint in the world, has released its 2019 Britannia coin range. In an unusual move, the bullion coins continue with the traditional look, but the collector coins, including the proof coins, are different. The new look is quite appealing, and it should delight collectors.
Of course, the obverse of all coins from the United Kingdom contain the effigy of Queen Elizabeth II. The change in design is for the reverse, which many would argue is really the more interesting side of the coins.
The Design of the 2019 Britannia Coins
2019 Britannia Reverse
The 2019 Britannia coins, except for the bullion coins, features Britannia facing right. She is in the traditional flowing gown garb, and she wears a warrior’s helmet. The right hand of Britannia holds a trident. Britannia’s left hand holds a shield behind her to protect against an attack from behind. On Britannia’s left is a lion, perhaps representing the Lion of England. The lion’s head and full mane are a focal point of the coin. The lion appears to be walking as Britannia’s companion, and is positioned alongside her. The forward position of the head of the lion indicates the lion is in a position as to offer protection to Britannia.
The addition of the lion, perhaps symbolizing the Lion of England, is new.
This stunning design is attributed to the artist, David Lawrence.
The Varieties of Collectible 2019 Britannia Coins
The 2019 Britannia coin comes as a brilliant uncirculated coin. While all of the coins from the Royal Mint Britannia page are brilliant uncirculated, most are also proof coins. The only coin designated as a brilliant uncirculated coin is the one-ounce fine silver coin.
The silver proof coins are sold individually, and as a set. The individual coins are the one-ounce, five-ounce, and kilogram sizes.
The silver proof set includes six coins, which are the one-ounce, half-ounce, quarter-ounce, tenth-ounce, twentieth-ounce, and fortieth-ounce sizes, and consequently contains five coins that are not available otherwise.
The gold coins are only available as proof coins. The individually sold gold coins include the quarter-ounce, two-ounce, five-ounce, and kilogram sizes.
In addition to the gold coins sold individually there are two sets available. The three-coin set contains the half-ounce, quarter-ounce, and tenth-ounce coins. Notice two of the three are not available individually. The six-coin set includes the one-ounce, half-ounce, quarter-ounce, tenth-ounce, twentieth-ounce, and fortieth-ounce sizes, thereby increasing the range of sizes.
Finally, there is a single quarter-ounce platinum coin available at the Royal Mint.
The 2019 Britannia Coin Specifications
The specifications for the coins in the Britannia range for 2019 indicate a purity of 0.999 fine silver, 0.9999 twenty-four karat gold, and 0.9995 platinum.
The Bullion 2019 Britannia Coin Range
The bullion coins still use the traditional Britannia design, with Britannia wearing a warrior helmet and a flowing gown. She looks left, with her trident held in her right hand, and her shield resting on the ground supported by her left hand. The reverse design is by Philip Nathan.
There are bullion coins minted in all three metals. The silver Britannia comes only as a one-ounce coin. The platinum coin comes only in the one-ounce size. (Note that this is different from the collector coin size.) And the gold Britannia has four sizes, the one-ounce, the half-ounce, the quarter-ounce, and the tenth-ounce.
Both the silver and the gold one-ounce coins feature two versions, one of which has an Oriental design near the rim on the reverse.
The 1/10-Ounce Platinum Britannia
In 2018 a tenth-ounce platinum coin appeared on several major dealers’ sites. It never made an appearance on the Royal Mint Bullion website. At this time there is no indication of a repetition of this release for 2019, but then the 2018 release was a complete surprise.
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