Gold Britannia Specification

The Gold Britannia is the official gold bullion coin of Great Britain. First produced in 1987 by the Royal Mint, the Britannia was produced in 22 carat gold. Gold alloyed with copper upto 1989, and Gold alloyed with Silver from 1990.

From 2013, the Royal Mint switched minting of the Gold Britannia to 24 carrat (999 fine Gold). The Gold Britannia is currently minted in 1/10 oz, 1/4 oz, 1/2 oz, 1 oz Weights. They have legal tender status, carrying a face value in Pounds Sterling, and are backed by the Royal Mint for weight and content. Pre 1990 Gold Britannia coins, originally alloyed with Copper, have a deeper Gold colour with those minted from 1990 to 2012, alloyed with Silver, having a lighter yellow gold colour. Gold Britannias minted in fine gold from 2013, have a pure gold colour.

Since its introduction there have been 7 designs used for the reverse of the coins. In 1987, the design on the reverse of the coin was of a standing figure of Britannia (commonly known as “the classic design”). The first new design was introduced in 1997 and then new designs have been introduced in alternate years since 2001, alternating new and classic Britannia designs. These have included various depictions of the goddess Britannia, including the seated Britannia, Britannia in helmet, the Britannia driving a chariot (a special 10th anniversary design) and the standing Britannia. The most recent Standing Britannia used on the gold coins was designed by sculptor Philip Nathan. For the 2011 Britannia family there is a new patriotic design of Britannia, seated amongst the folds of the Union Jack Flag, which was created by the artist and sculptor David Mach RA.

In 1997, to mark the tenth anniversary of the gold Britannia coins, a special design showing Britannia driving a chariot in the manner of Boudica was used (again designed by Philip Nathan). 1997 is the only year issued using this design, which makes it a desirable coin for collectors of Britannia coins.

The Gold Britannia has an equivalent sister bullion coin in Silver, the Silver Britannia.

Pre 2013 Gold Britannia Technical Specifications
Size Face Value
GBP
Total Weight
(g)
Fineness
/1.000
Gold Content
(Troy Oz)
Gold Content
(grams)
Diameter
(mm)
Full£10034.059 g0.91671.0031.10432.69
Half£5016.965g0.91670.5015.55227
Quarter£258.483g0.91670.257.77622
Tenth£103.393g0.91670.103.11016.5

Post 2013 Gold Britannia Technical Specifications

Size Face Value
GBP
Total Weight
(g)
Fineness
/1.000
Gold Content
(Troy Oz)
Gold Content
(grams)
Diameter
(mm)
Full£10031.21 g0.99991.0031.2132.69
Half£5015.6g0.99990.5015.627
Quarter£257.8g0.99990.257.822
Tenth£103.13g0.99990.103.1316.5

At time of writing Gold Britannias, as well as the british Gold Sovereign, are free from UK Capital Gains Tax. This special status can restrict availability of this bullion coin, and keep premiums elevated. Compare Gold Britannia Prices here.


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