Since her introduction on the coins of Roman times, Britannia has personified Britain. An elegant figure, usually shown draped in classical robes, Britannia has never been dressed in the full armour of a warrior on the coinage. Yet the elements that accompany her have been selected by her creators very carefully, to convey her virtues. Through her shield and trident Britannia has become known as protector of Britain’s shores and even queen of the seas, and in his design for 2014 Jody Clark has revisited more familiar symbols – shield, trident and lion of Britain and introduces elements such as a three-dimensional globe which fits perfectly with Jody’s clean and simple lines in this elegant composition.
This latest interpretation, which adorns all six coins in this magnificent set, has rich and intricate details highlighted by our unrivalled Proof finish. The captivating coins are struck in 999 fine silver and presented beautifully in sophisticated Royal Mint packaging, for those who secure one of these 1,750 sets will undoubtedly wish to display and treasure them.
Over time Britannia Proof coins have become a showcase for British artists – Robert Hunt’s interpretation of Britannia was accompanied by the traditional Corinthian helmet and trident, reaffirming her maritime might, yet an owl at her knee and her watchful posture was suggestive of the icon’s wisdom and peaceful nature.
In his contemporary design for 2014 Jody Clark has turned to the symbolism of animals once again, uniting Britannia with the British lion, a familiar figure in British heraldry for centuries. The lion is well known on coinage, and Jody’s Britannia recalls numismatic treasures such as the Una and the Lion £5 piece. Britannia also appeared, head bowed and lion of Britain at her side, on the plaques which commemorated those that lost their lives during the First World War – a particularly poignant reminder as we approach the centenary of its outbreak. The design for 2014 is a classic yet contemporary Britannia, a self-assured figure with the lion tamed at her feet, a modern sense of strength bolstered by the combined presence of two enduring figures.