Britannia – symbol of Britain for almost 2,000 years – has begun a new page in her history. In 1987, an important new coin was born, bearing her name and her image: the Britannia. From 2013 Britannia Proof coins will be struck in even purer .999 fine silver, and will become a showcase for the best British artists, with a new design each year. The first coins are now available – and this superb five-coin set is the ideal way to refresh Britannia collection, or begin an exciting collection anew.
For so many chapters in Britain’s history it is Britannia that has begun the new page. She was created by the Romans, but survived long after they left these shores. Over time Britannia has evolved, always reflecting a Britain of the moment – brave warrior, peaceful guardian and ruler of the waves, the changing face of Britain. As a symbol of Britain she was chosen by Charles II for his coins in 1672. She has appeared on the coins of every monarch since, until the ultimate tribute was paid in the creation of the Britannia coin in 1987.
From 2013 Britannia coins will be struck in our finest .999 silver. The Britannia artist for 2013, Robert Hunt, has created a traditional design – with a modern edge to mark this turning point. This is a new Britannia, beautiful, and so collectable, the best of British artistry and craftsmanship combined – for they are struck to our renowned Proof standard. . This Silver Proof Five-Coin Set, makes a wonderful choice, for it contains all the Britannia silver coins from the twentieth-ounce up to the classic one ounce, together celebrating every nuance of this new design.