BRITANNIA 1/4 oz GOLD COIN 2023
Not a lot has changed in this 2023 version of the Britannia ¼ oz gold coin but why would you change a stunning coin which is a best seller around the world?
Britannias are valued by the world’s leading bullions dealers for their purity and beautiful design features.
Each of these magnificent 2023 ¼ oz gold coins features on their reverse the image of Britannia. Britannia is an elegant and instantly recognisable figure, a proud warrior which first appeared on Roman coins more than 2000 years ago. Long after the Romans left the shores, Britannia began to be featured on British coins and she has come to symbolise the spirit of a nation.
Since 1987, the design of Philip Nathan features on the Britannia coins and has made Britannia the UK most iconic coin.
On the reverse of this coin, Britannia is standing upon the rocks in a long flowing robe, with shield, trident and olive branch in hand. Britannia stands proud before the ocean and is surrounded by inscriptions bearing her name, year of mintage, weight and purity. As the viewer changes their perspective, the trident becomes a padlock, emphasising the coin’s secure nature.
This is one of the 4 amazing additional security features. The other three are
A surface animation which brings the background of waves to life,
A micro-text which provides both decoration and protection (“Decus et Tutamen” which translates as “An ornament and a safeguard”)
Accented tincture lines on the shield which bears the Union flag
As a result, this coin is very hard to counterfeit and is now known as the world’s most safest coin.
On the obverse, these are the final Britannias to feature Queen Elizabeth II. Indeed, her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II passed away in September 2022 and has now been replaced on the throne by her son King Charles. The design of the Late Queen is of Jody Clark, the youngest engraver to have had the opportunity to portray the Queen on a coin; he was aged 33. The design is elegant and captures the essence of the late Queen, her attitude to life, her spirit and resilience.
Her Majesty is represented wearing the George IV State Diadem Crown alongside the initials D, G, REG, FID, DEF", which stand for the Latin insignia "Dei gratia regina, fidei defensor " - "By the Grace of God, Queen, Defender of the Faith".
The face value of 25 pounds is engraved along the bottom edge although the actual value is much more with today's gold spot prices.
The new coin next year will feature the King Charles III effigy, by Martin Jennings. So now is your chance to purchase one of the last coins produced with the portrait of Queen Elizabeth II. It is now available on StoneX Bullion!