This year the annual release of The Britannia One Ounce Silver Brilliant Uncirculated Coin comes at a special time, as Philip Nathan's modern masterpiece celebrates its 30th anniversary. His design appeared on the very first Britannia coins issued in 1987, chosen for its contemporary approach to tradition.
While other Britannia coins bear a new design each year, this one ounce silver coin always carries Philip Nathan's interpretation - a constant classic. The award-winning design has been struck on the reverse of this 999 fine silver coin, while the obverse features the fifth definitive coinage portrait of Her Majesty The Queen created by Royal Mint coin designer Jody Clark.
Each year-dated coin is finished to Brilliant Uncirculated standard and boxed complete with a booklet that describes the artist's inspiration, and a certificate confirming its limited release of just 10,000 editions.
Britannia has represented the nation for almost 2,000 years and has become part of Britain’s identity; a cultural symbol of strength and pride. The figure has evolved through the centuries, just like the nation she represents, and has been depicted in many forms. She is always powerful and strong, yet composed and peaceful – a watchful guardian.
In 1987, Philip Nathan emerged as the winner of a competition to find a design for a new bullion coin. The coin was called Britannia, a powerful name that would instantly stand out in an international market.
The artist was inspired by Britannia’s past, but not confined by it. Many interpretations of Britannia reflect ancient Greek mythology, but Philip Nathan hoped to create a more realistic and raw character inspired by Boudicca, commonly known as Boadicea. His reimagining of Britannia places her on the shore, windswept, in a classical gown, with a trident in hand and the waves at her feet.
|Alloy||999 Fine Silver|
|Reverse Designer||Philip Nathan|
|Obverse Designer||Jody Clark|
|Pure Metal Type||Silver|