The Royal Mint and US Mint unite Britannia and Liberty in latest collection
- The Royal Mint and the United States Mint launch new the Britannia and Liberty range,
- The design - set to appear on commemorative and bullion coins - unites the national symbols of Britannia and Liberty together on a UK coin for the first time.
- The range is a unique collaboration between the Chief Engravers of The Royal Mint and The United States Mint, combining their renowned expertise and craft.
The Royal Mint and the United States Mint have today launched their Britannia and Liberty commemorative coin and bullion range, uniting the national symbols of Britannia and Liberty for the first time on UK coins.
This unique design, revealed earlier this year, has been created in collaboration between Gordon Summers, Chief Engraver of The Royal Mint, and Joseph Menna, Chief Engraver of the United States Mint. The leading engravers collaborated to symbolise UK and US allyship on a single UK coin for the first time.
The Britannia and Liberty range by The Royal Mint, will include commemorative coins struck in a range of finishes and precious metals, offering collectors across the world an opportunity to own a piece of numismatic history. A bullion range of products will also feature the Britannia and Liberty design, available in 1oz and ¼ oz 999.9 fine gold and 1oz 999 fine silver, with plans for additional products to launch at a later date.
Rebecca Morgan, Director of Commemorative Coin at The Royal Mint said, “For the first time in UK numismatic history, the iconic symbols of Britannia and Liberty will appear on a single coin design – creating an unmissable addition to any collection. It is also the first time that Chief Engravers Gordon Summers and Joseph Menna have collaborated to create a coin design, combining their unrivalled expertise to create an original new depiction of Britannia and Liberty. It is a special moment in UK and US minting history, and we are sure it will be treasured by collectors across both nations.”
Andrew Dickey, Director of Precious Metals at The Royal Mint said, “This transatlantic collaboration marks a significant milestone for both The Royal Mint and the United States Mint. It presents collectors and investors in both nations with the opportunity to possess exclusive bullion coins showcasing the iconic designs of Britannia and Liberty together for the very first time on a UK coin.
“The Liberty and Britannia 1 oz and ¼ oz gold and 1oz silver bullion coins - crafted to the highest standards - seamlessly combine expert design and investment appeal, ensuring enduring value. I anticipate they’ll be a popular and noteworthy addition to any collection."
Introduced by the Romans as the female personification of Britain, Britannia is often depicted clutching a trident and is frequently associated with the sea. The icon first featured on the coins of Emperor Hadrian before receding into obscurity with the fall of the Roman Empire, only to reappear during the Elizabethan era. The figure has been a staple symbol on British coinage since the reign of Charles II, featuring on the reverse of at least some denominations of every ensuing crowned monarch.
A founding principle of the United States, liberty is a value proudly upheld and cherished by the American people. One of the most popular and well-known physical interpretations of the principle is the Statue of Liberty, a gift from the people of France to the US in 1886, which stands tall in Upper New York Bay. The US Mint has honoured the classic symbol on various collections of coins and medals, reinterpreting and portraying the figure of freedom in several forms.
The Britannia and Liberty commemorative and bullion coins will be available for sale from The Royal Mint’s website. For more information please visit: https://www.royalmint.com/britannia-and-liberty/