3 April 2020PLEASE NOTE that we ONLY sell gold that we PHYSICALLY have in stock. Our position is changing all the time, so you will need to call us for up-to-date availability. Unfortunately, we are currently unable to offer wholesale deals to the trade - strictly retail only. We have Krugerrands and Sovereigns available for immediate delivery.Coronavirus Statement Our POSTAL service remains FULLY operational.In-line with UK Government instruction, our counter service is now CLOSED until further notice. If you have recently purchased bullion from us, we will be in-touch to offer you the option of UK vaulted storage until such time you're able to collect it, or shipping to you via Special Delivery. Please DO NOT try to collect it.If you are selling scrap gold, silver or gold bullion, our postal service remains operational for sales of standard scrap, bullion and coins. We are unable to offer a 'melt & assay' service until further notice. Advice from Public Health England confirms that Coronavirus does not survive for long on parcels and packaging, therefore our online service will continue to operate. We can also confirm that Royal Mail has extensive contingency planning in place to ensure their delivery network remains operational. You can read their statement here.
Britannias are a fairly new addition to the line up of British coins, having only been in production since 1987 for gold Britannias and 1997 for the silver Britannias.
The Britannia coins depict the portrait of Queen Elizabeth II on the obverse and a variety of designs featuring the goddess, Britannia, on the reverse. Since their inception, the portrait of the Queen has seen four versions with the most recent change being in 1998, when the portrait was changed to the "fourth portrait", depicting a more mature look for the Queen.
These coins have been minted in both gold and silver and they contain one troy ounce of the precious metal. This precious metal overlays a core of copper in coins made prior to 1990, when the coin began to be issued with a silver core. The size of these coins and the purity of the precious metals used by the Royal Mint in the manufacture of these coins makes them a prized item for both collectors and individuals seeking to invest in gold or silver.
While gold Britannia coins contain one troy ounce of gold, they hold a face value of just £100. To facilitate monetary exchanges, the Gold Britannias are issued in smaller denominations of one-half, one-quarter, and one-tenth of a troy ounce and the face values of these coins follows suit with the coins holding a value of £50, £25, and £10 respectively. The gold Britannia coins are minted from 22 carat gold, which is 91.7% pure, giving them a millesimal fineness number of 917.
The silver Britannias were first made public in 1997 as a silver proof set. Since the year 1997, the reverse design of the silver Britannia has shown the image of a standing Britannia figure during even-numbered years. From 1999 onward, the standing figure of Britannia has been replaced on the reverse side of the silver Britannia with a line of different, non-repeating depictions of Britannia during odd numbered years.
The silver Britannia coins are minted from 95.8% pure silver, also known as Britannia silver, so their millesimal fineness is 958 and they bear a face value of £2. Like their gold counterparts, silver Britannias are issued in fractional denominations of one-half, one-quarter, and one-tenth of a troy ounce and they bear respective face values of £1, 50p, and 20p.
In AD 43, the Roman Empire took over the island we now know as Great Britain and established a province they called Britannia. This name came to symbolize the island and, at some point in the 2nd century, the Roman Britannia came to be depicted as a centurion helmeted, warrior goddess, who was armed with a trident-like spear and shield. The Britannia goddess first appeared on the British Farthing in 1672 which also marked the first British coin to bear the image of the Britannia. Since that time, the Britannia has been a popular theme for British coinage reverse images.
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