|Actual Metal Weight:||1 ozt|
|Face Value:||2 Pounds|
|Mint:||British Royal Mint|
|Obverse Designer:||Jody Clark|
|Reverse Designer:||Philip Nathan|
|Additional Info:||20th anniversary|
The United Kingdom's signature silver bullion coin is back with the 2017 1 oz Silver Britannia from the British Royal Mint. These .999 fine silver coins are celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Britannia series and feature new security measures. Each of these Uncirculated one-ounce coins is legal tender with a designated face value of 2 Pounds.
The iconic reverse design features the classic portrait of Britannia, the female embodiment of Great Britain dating back to Ancient Rome, holding a trident spear and a shield decorated with the Union Jack. She also wears a Corinthian helmet and holds an olive branch as the sea breeze blows behind her. For the first time ever, these coins use an attractive radial line finish for the background that also serves as an anti-counterfeiting measure. The outer rim bears the inscriptions "BRITANNIA," the year-date "2017," the weight "1 oz," and the purity "999 FINE SILVER" within a denticle pattern border.
On the obverse, the new portrait of HM Queen Elizabeth II facing right is used. Against a textured field and enclosed within the same repeating denticles around the rim, Her Majesty is surrounded by rim inscriptions for the denomination "2 POUNDS," the Queen's name, as well as Latin abbreviations for her regal titles: "D. G. REG. F. D.," meaning "By the Grace of God, Queen, Defender of the Faith." The edge is reeded.
The Silver Britannia coin series was officially introduced by the Royal Mint in 1997. Up through 2012, these coins used an uncommon composition of .958 fine silver, but has featured the standard .999 fine silver since then. Even better, 2017 is the first year this coin will use the beautiful and useful radial finish as a bulwark against potential counterfeiters. Be sure to get your 2017 1 oz Silver Britannia - British Royal Mint (Uncirculated) at Gainesville Coins before they're out of stock!