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2012 1 oz Gold Britannia Bullion Coins

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The Britannia gold bullion coin was one of the first British bullion coins fist introduced back in 1987, by The Royal Mint, with a face value of £100 making it the highest denomination gold bullion coin. The 2012 1 troy ounce size Britannia by comparison to the Sovereign is roughly 4 times larger than the Sovereign. Gold Britannia coins are the only coins produced by the Royal Mint in 22-karat gold.

Earlier coins were minted to a fineness of 91.7% (22-karat gold), with the remainder being copper originally. This was changed in the coins produced from 1990 onwards when the copper content was replaced by silver. At time of writing gold Britannia coins are exempt from both UK Capital Gains Tax (CGT) and Value Added Tax (VAT). Due to this special status Gold Britannias are the most popular one ounce gold bullion coins in the UK and as bullion gold coin are a great investment instrument compared to gold bars and other bullion coins.

Summary of Key Coin Features:

  • Tax Advantages for UK Investors
  • Coin Sealed In Mint Issued Protective Sheets
  • Excellent Value

Whether you are a serious collector/investor or just a person who happens to like a certain design, you can find something in the Panda series. Contact us today for the 1 oz size gold Britannia coin pricing, the latest on new arrivals and information on our in-house segregated storage service.


IRA Eligible: No
Gold Content: 1 troy oz (31.1035 g)
Composition: 22 karat gold (91.70% fine)
Weight: 33.9188 g
Diameter: 32.69 mm
Thickness: 2.79 mm
Grade: Brilliant Uncirculated
Year: 2012
Denomination: £100
Mint: The Royal Mint

Obverse Design

The obverse side is represented with Queen Elizabeth II. The inscription reads: “ELIZABETH II D G REG FID DEF 100 POUNDS”. The “D” and “G” stand for “Dei Gratia”, which means “by the Grace of God”. “REG” means “Queen”. “FID DEF” means “Defender of the Faith” – all Latin abbreviations to save space on the coin. Interesting to note that this identifies the reigning Monarch of the British Empire/Commonwealth, not the coin’s country of origin.

Reverse Design

Britannia (the woman depicted in the coin) has represented the Great Brittan since Roman era; Britannia’s first appearance on British coinage was in 1672. Britannia, the mythical “queen of the seas” has evolved through the Hanoverian era and by the time of Queen Victoria, the Britannia we know today had taken shape as contemporary artists drew her with maritime elements such as the sea, ship and lighthouse, all representing Britain, the “Empire” and the might of the British navy.

For 2012, Philip Nathan has enhanced the Britannia design – she is now standing on a cliff top with a trident in one hand, and olive branch and her shield in the other, still a classical depiction of her in a flowing gown and Corinthian helmet. Philip Nathan is also famous for designing the Queen Mother’s 80th birthday coin.

Interestingly enough, since the inception of the Gold Britannia, the portrait of the Queen has seen four versions with the most recent change being in 1998.

About the Royal Mint

The Royal Mint is a government owned company. The Royal Mint is a leading export mint, making coins and medals for an average of 60 countries every year. However, its first responsibility is to make and distribute United Kingdom coins as well as to supply blanks and official medals. Opened by the Queen in 1968 in readiness for the introduction of the decimal coinage, the Royal Mint's headquarters in Llantrisant, South Wales, employs more than 900 people.

Fun Facts

The Royal Mint in London also produced coins for Canada until a branch was opened in Ottawa, Canada in 1908. In the year 1931, control of the Canadian branch mint was passed to the Canadian government and it then became the Royal Canadian Mint.

Product Specifications
Year: 2012
Fineness: 0.917
Legal Tender: Yes
Face Value: 100 Pounds
Mint: British Royal Mint
Diameter: 32.69 mm
Thickness: 2.9 mm
Series: Britannia

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