is the ancient personification of the spirit of Britain, and is
traditionally depicted with a trident, shield, and helmet. The image of
Britannia first appeared on Roman coinage, as early as 119 AD in the
reign of Emperor Hadrian. She was revived on coinage in 1659 by Charles
II of England in 1672, and has appeared on British coinage ever since.
the United Kingdom resolved to produce a bullion investment coin in 1987,
Britannia was the obvious choice for a design that would immediately be
identifiable as British. The silver Britannia debuted in 1997, in 958
fineness "Britannia silver." These 1997-2012 coins have an actual silver
content of 1 troy ounce, with the remaining 0.043 oz in copper. The
designs on the silver Britannia during this time alternated between the
original design and custom alternative designs.
2013 onward, it was decided to increase the purity of the Britannia to
999 fineness (99.9% pure silver) to match the silver bullion coins of