The British Gold Britannia is a one troy ounce gold coin minted exclusively by the British Royal Mint.
Since its launch over twenty five years ago, the Gold Britannia coin has become well known in the international gold market. The coins have been purchased by investors and collectors alike. Since 2013 the Britannia has been manufactured as a 99.99% pure gold coin.
GoldCore is an Irish-owned gold company based in Dublin. We allow Irish investors to buy Gold Britannia coins online and over the phone. Investors can store the coins in ultra-secure storage vaults situated in Hong Kong, Zurich, London. Storage in Dublin is also available through a safety deposit box service.
The Gold Britannia coin is legal tender in the UK. Because the Britannia meets the requirements for EU investment gold, it can be purchased VAT free in Ireland.
When launched in 1987, the Britannia was produced in a 22 carat gold format, giving a gold content of 91.67%, or a millesimal fineness of 0.9167.
In 2013, the Royal Mint in Wales created a new Britannia specification, and increased the gold purity of the coin to 99.99%, or a fineness of 0.9999. This means that the weight of gold in the 2013 and 2014 coins is now essentially identical to the coin’s total weight. Prior to 2013, the Britannia had a standard weight (including the alloy) of 34.05 grams, but given the new 99.99% purity, the coin now has a standard weight of 31.1035 grams.
The 2013 and 2014 Britannias have a diameter of 38.61 mm, a thickness of between 1.58mm and 1.65mm, and reeded markings on the coin’s edge.
The one ounce Gold Britannia is legal tender in the UK and has a face value of £100, the largest face value on any UK coin.
The reverse face of the coin features the well-known Britannia design by sculptor, Philip Nathan, created for the coin’s 1987 launch, and referred to as a “Standing Britannia’.
Around the scene in a circular inscription are the words “ONE OUNCE FINE GOLD BRITANNIA” and the year of issue.
The obverse face of the 2013 coin displays a portrait of Queen Elizabeth II. In a circular inscription around the head are the words” ELIZABETH II DEI GRATIA REGINA F.D.” and the face value of “100 POUNDS”.
In 1987 the UK Treasury studied the idea of a British one ounce gold bullion coin that could compete on the international market with similar one ounce gold coins issued by the Canadian, US and South Africa national mints.
The Mint held a competition for the coin’s design, where 52 designs by 14 designers were submitted for consideration. It was this competition that sculptor Philip Nathan won, when one of his design submissions was selected by the judging panel.
The new coin was formally announced by the then Chancellor of the Exchequer (and Master of the Mint), Nigel Lawson, and officially, Queen Elizabeth II, via the Privy Council Office, directed the Mint to produce the Britannia in 1987.
There have been a number of different Britannia images over the coin’s 26 year history. The original 1987 design was used every year until 1997 when a 10th anniversary design was introduced, which featured Britannia on a two-horse chariot. This design also featured on the 2009 coin. Additional coin designs, sometimes issued for a single year, feature a variety of imagery such as a close up Britannia head portrait design (2003), Britannia standing above a lion (2001), Britannia seated with a lion (2004), and various designs such as in Britannia standing in waves (2008), another Britannia head portrait (2010), and Britannia with flag (2011).
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GoldCore offer Gold Britannia Coins and all other leading silver bullion coins VAT free and deliver throughout the United Kingdom.
We deliver VAT free silver bullion coins in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland through fully insured international shipping services and national postal services such as Royal Mail, Fedex and UPS.
Insured delivery in the UK for silver bullion coins is generally 5 to 10 working days. For certain products and during periods of high demand delivery can be a maximum of 15 working days. Insured delivery costs are competitive.
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For larger amounts or those seeking added liquidity, investors can buy Gold Britannia Coins and own them in allocated and segregated storage in GoldCore Secure Storage.
GoldCore offer UK clients fully insured secure storage facilities in the safest vaults in the safest jurisdictions in the world – in Zurich, Lichtenstein, London, Hong Kong and Singapore.
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The Gold Britannia is manufactured at Britain’s Royal Mint. The Royal Mint is in Llantrisant, South Wales, and was opened by Queen Elizabeth II in 1968. The Mint facility is located on a 35-acre site and is guarded by Ministry of Defence Police.
The Mint manufacturers coins and medals for approximately 60 countries each year and is the world’s leading export Mint.The Royal Mint was originally established in 1279 and resided in the Tower of London. The Mint moved to larger facilities on nearby Tower Hill in London in 1811, before its second move to Wales in 1968.