½ oz Britannia Gold Coin 2021
The 2021 Britannia Gold ½ oz gold coin is one of the most secure in the bullion market, with state-of-the-art security features distinguishing it from previous Britannia coins. Released on the 12th of October 2021, these coins are struck in 999.9 fine gold. They feature Philip Nathan’s award-winning Britannia design — one of the most sought-after bullion designs in the world — therefore appealing to investors by virtue of both their beauty and their security. Further, these coins are particularly beneficial for UK-based investors due to the fact that they are exempt from both Capital Gains Tax (CGT) and Value Added Tax (VAT). The coin is aptly described by its Latin inscription that borders the design ‘decus et tutamen’; an ornament and a safeguard.
The obverse of the coin features the fifth portrait of Queen Elizabeth II by Jody Clark, which initially appeared on British coins in 2015. This portrait features the Queen wearing the Royal Diadem Crown, which she wore for her coronation in 1953, as well as Diamond Jubilee drop pearl earrings. The Queen is depicted facing to the right, in keeping with a 300-year tradition whereby each King or Queen faces in the opposite direction to the one before. Encircling the Queen is text declaring the coin’s face value, fifty pounds, as well as the standard British coin text ‘Elizabeth II D.G.Reg.F.D’ which stands for the Latin words dei gratia regina fidei defensor; by the grace of God, Queen, defender of the faith.
The reverse of the coin features Phillip Nathan’s 1987 Britannia design, a staple in the bullion market that has been updated with four new security features. Britannia is the national personification of Britain and is depicted here with a helmet, trident, shield, and flowing gown. The shield and trident symbolise Britain's strength. The female warrior is also depicted holding an olive branch, a symbol of peace that dates back to ancient Greek mythology.
The reverse side of the coin is enhanced with four new security features that use the latest minting techniques and tools to make these coins particularly secure from counterfeiting:
- Latent image: An added latent image at the foot of the cloak changes depending on the angle from which it is viewed, depicting either a trident to represent Britain’s naval strength or a padlock to represent the coin’s security
- Micro text: An additional inscription is added to the coin surrounding the figure of Britannia which reads ‘decus et tutamen’; an ornament and a safeguard
- Tincture lines: The flag adorning Britannia’s shield is accented with tincture lines, adding further detail to the glorious image
- Surface animation: The use of advanced picosecond lasers in the creation of this coin adds the micro-detail of waves behind the figure, which also appear to move when the coin is viewed from different angles
Importantly, these security features enable the holder to verify the authenticity of the coin at a mere glance.
Nathan’s Britannia image has been minted on bullion coins by the Royal Mint since 1987, but the image has a history extending far beyond its minting on modern bullion coins. The initial Britannia images appeared almost 2000 years ago on Roman coins introduced by Emperor Hadrian. Variations of Britannia appeared on many other coins such as the British Trade Dollars (1901-35) and the copper halfpennies and farthings of Charles II from 1672. A distinctively British figure, the Britannia was selected by the Royal Mint to appear on coins for international bullion markets in part because of this extensive history.
This ½ oz Britannia Gold coin 2021 is a must-have in anyone’s collection!