The Britannia Design for 2011
No other icon better represents the pride of the British people than Britannia. Her powerful, charismatic persona has inspired artists to create new depictions throughout the ages. Britannia first appeared on coins in the Roman period and was revived on copper coins in the seventeenth century. Since her revival Britannia has grown to be a powerful emblem of British independence – appearing continuously on every monarch’s coinage to the present day. Her powerful, charismatic persona keeps pace with the times and has inspired poets and artists to create new depictions throughout the ages.
Continuing The Royal Mint tradition of working with exciting artists and craftspeople to produce some of the world’s finest Proof coins, David Mach created a distinctive, modern design that fuses the classic and the contemporary to recall a Britannia that resonates with a nation’s memories: Britannia seated in the billowing folds of the Union Flag.
His intention that ‘the flag and Britannia appear to move’ is depicted to dramatic effect on the gold and silver Proof coins. The dies and blanks are highly polished and each and every coin struck three times to ensure a sharpness of design detail that is such a pleasing feature in coins of such quality. Representing both the artist’s passion and the minter’s art, the 2011 Britannia coins take their place in Britannia’s illustrious numismatic career.