Information about Platinum Britannia 1 oz - 2023
The Britannia is a British gold coin, first minted by The Royal Mint in 1987, at which time it was the first gold bullion coin in Europe. The Britannia platinum coin is denominated in pounds sterling. In Great Britain it is the official means of payment. The precious metal content of the Gold Britannia has been 999.9 since 2013. Before that, it was listed as 916.7 – which corresponds to 22 carats. Until 1989, a twelfth of copper was used as an alloy, giving the coin a reddish hue. After that, copper and silver were used in the same proportions.
With the year of issue 2021, the classic design of Philip Nathan's Britannia gold coin has been supplemented with new design elements and security features called "Bullion Security". These security elements, which were initially seen on the gold and silver editions of the bullion coin, are also found on the platinum editions of the coin for the first time this year.
The design of the platinum coin
The motif side of the Britannia platin coin shows the Roman deity and personification of the country "Britannia" as a standing figure with helmet, shield and trident. This motif remained unchanged until the turn of the millennium. Since 2001, the motif of the silver Britannia has changed in odd-numbered years and remains the same in even-numbered years. A number of changes were made to the last issue, further enhancing the motif of the coin. The background of the motif side is refined with a wave shape. A special embossing technique makes it look as if the waves are moving when you change the viewing angle. In addition, the motif was supplemented by a security feature, which shows a lock as a symbol of security when viewed from a 90-degree angle. If the viewer's perspective changes, the lock becomes a trident, one of the defining symbols of the Britannia coin. The new edition of the motif side is rounded off by the Latin lettering "DECUS ET TUTAMEN" for "Glory and Defense". The value side shows the famous portrait of Queen Elizabeth II executed by Jody Clark. The portrait is framed by the lettering "ELIZABETH II - D-G-REG-F-D" and the face value of "100 POUNDS".
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