2016 Britannia Silver Proof 1oz Coin
Britannia is the female personification of Britain, embodying the changing ideals and values of our country throughout history. She has often been said to reflect powerful women through the ages, and, in the case of certain British queens, the events and attitudes of their reigns.
The practice of portraying nations as idealised women dates back to the Roman era and, over the centuries, Britannia has developed into a ‘warrior queen,’ wearing a helmet and carrying a shield. During the eighteenth century her image was used to reinforce Britain’s mastery of the seas, and she was seen with her trident for the first time in a design by Conrad Heinrich Kuchler.
Throughout the nineteenth century she embodied the might of the British Empire, a firm and assured figure leading Britain on the world stage, like Queen Victoria herself. Armed and vigilant, modern Britannia continues to symbolise defence and control in a peaceful Britain.
Maximum Coin Mintage: 4150 in limited edition packaging
Alloy: 999 fine silver
Weight: 31.21g (1oz)
Reverse Designer: Suzie Zamit
Obverse Designer: Jody Clark
The reverse features a design by sculptor Suzie Zamit In this design by sculptor Suzie Zamit Britannia is a strong figure, proud and patriotic, a warrior but in a protective, peace-keeping way. She represents British liberty and democracy, especially potent in times of national insecurity.
Issued as legal tender under the authority of The United Kingdom with the latest Jody Clark effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. The monetary denomination, and silver content are shown on the coin’s obverse.
The coin has been struck in 1 oz of 999 fine silver and finished to Proof standard. Presented in a black presentation box, the coin comes with a certificate of authenticity.