For more than 1,100 years, The Royal Mint has innovated to create coins that are both beautiful and secure. In 2021, Britannia, the symbol of Britain, leads the way to redefine security in the bullion market, and embodies The Royal Mint’s drive for the very best in design and security. This latest evolution of the icon takes Philip Nathan’s acclaimed interpretation of Britannia and adds four groundbreaking security features to create the most visually secure coin in the world. These additions both decorate and protect the coin, just as the micro-text that borders the design states – ‘DECUS ET TUTAMEN’, which translates as ‘AN ORNAMENT AND A SAFEGUARD’. In the lower left-hand of the design, below Britannia’s flowing gown, is a trident to represent her naval history. As the viewer changes their perspective this trident becomes a padlock, emphasising the coin’s secure nature. Surface animation behind Britannia reflects the movement of waves, and fine details like the Union flag on Britannia’s shield have been highlighted by tincture lines.

This is the only silver coin to carry the new security details but the new features are also available on the one ounce, half-ounce, quarter-ounce and tenth-ounce fine gold editions of the coin.

Key Features

  • Four advanced features take visual security to the next level
  • A latent image changes from a padlock to Britannia’s famous trident
  • Surface animation brings the background of sparkling waves to life
  • The micro-text provides both decoration and protection – ‘an ornament and a safeguard’
  • Britannia’s shield bears the Union flag accented with tincture lines
  • Packaged in a single coin tube

Specification

Specification Value
Denomination £2
Alloy 999 Fine Silver
Diameter 38.61mm
Reverse Designer Philip Nathan
Obverse Designer Jody Clark
Specification Value
Quality Bullion
Year 2021
Pure Metal Type Silver
Pure Metal Content 1 Troy Oz
Fineness 999
Packaging Coin Tube
Security Features Reverse reads 'DECUS ET TUTAMEN' | Latent feature trident and padlock | surface animation waves deta

Key Security Features

Latent feature

A latent feature switches between a trident and a padlock as the viewer changes their perspective, representing both Britannia and bullion security.

Flexible

Tincture lines

Britannia's union flag shield, a powerful symbol of Britain as a whole, is highlighted by the tincture lines.

Micro-text

Micro-text next to the coin's banding reads 'DECUS ET TUTAMEN', which translates as 'AN ORNAMENT AND A SAFEGUARD'.

Convenient

Surface animation

The background has surface animation reflecting the movement of the sea, which adds to the intricacy and safety of the coin.

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