What more British an icon than Britannia? She has watched over these isles since Roman times, guardian, warrior, ruler of the waves. The Britannia coin was launched in 1987, but in 2013 the range takes a new direction with a series of firsts: a new, even purer, gold, a new design beginning a new series that will showcase the best of British artists each year, and new denominations – including the delicate twentieth-ounce included in this three-coin set of gold Proof Britannia coins.
First coined for the Emperor Hadrian, Britannia has come to represent the changing face of Britain, always reflecting the nation at a point in time. She has appeared on the coins of every British monarch since 1672, and it was fitting that a new coin be created in her honour. Launched in 1987 the Britannia is the sister to the Sovereign, but from 2013 she turns a new page in her history as the changing face of Britain. Britannia Proof coins will bear a new design each year, created by a leading British artist, approved by the Queen, perfected by the best UK craftspeople and struck by The Royal Mint.