Invest in the history of gold. The journey to Britain’s adoption of a gold standard can be traced through the history of The Royal Mint. As Master of the Mint, Sir Isaac Newton issued a report in 1717 that led to the gold guinea being assigned a fixed value. Following the Coinage Act of 1816, Britain’s gold standard was adopted and it was the first system of its type in the world. Several countries with large economies followed the British lead, including Canada, the United States and Germany. However, the United Kingdom finally abandoned the gold standard in 1931.
Designed in 2016 to mark 200 years since the de facto introduction of the gold standard – tying the value of the British pound to that of gold – The Gold Standard 2021 bullion coin is a unique, annual offering from The Royal Mint. Featuring the work of Royal Mint graphic designer Dominique Evans on its reverse, and Jody Clark's official portrait of Her Majesty The Queen on the obverse, The Gold Standard range now includes both a one ounce and quarter-ounce bullion coin struck in 999.9 fine gold.