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Britannia has represented Britain and its evolution since Roman times. In 2022, Britannia leads the way, redefining security in the bullion market with a coin that has four groundbreaking features. This new vision of Philip Nathan’s 1987 Britannia design was created by the team behind ‘the world’s most secure coin’, the United Kingdom £1 coin.

Surface animation provides a background for Britannia, reflecting the flow of waves as the coin is moved, and between this and the banding of the coin you will find micro-text with the wording ‘Decus et Tutamen’, which translates as ‘An ornament and a safeguard’ and describes the features that both decorate and protect the coin. A latent feature in the lower-hand segment of the coin switches between a trident and a padlock based on the viewer’s perspective – emphasising her maritime strength and the coin’s secure nature – and details such as the Union flag on Britannia’s shield have been specially highlighted with tincture lines. Struck in half an ounce of 999.9 fine gold, these new design elements combine to create not only a stunning design but also the most visually secure coin in the world. 

These features are also available on the one ounce, quarter-ounce and tenth-ounce fine gold editions of the coin, and the one ounce fine silver edition.

Key Features: 

  • Features four advanced security features
  • A latent image changes from a padlock to Britannia’s trident
  • Surface animation creates a background of moving waves
  • The micro-text provides both decoration and protection
  • Britannia’s shield bears the Union flag, which is accented with tincture lines


Britannia 2022 1/2 oz Gold Bullion Coin

Specification Value
Denomination £50
Alloy 999.9 Fine Gold
Diameter 27.00mm
Reverse Designer Philip Nathan
Obverse Designer Jody Clark
Specification Value
Quality Bullion
Year 2022
Pure Metal Type Gold
Pure Metal Content 0.5 Troy Oz
Fineness 999.9
Packaging Single Coin Capsule
Security Features Micro-text | Latent feature | Surface animation | Tincture lines
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