2008 .958 1oz Silver Britannia Coin.
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United Kingdom Britannia
In 1997 the British Royal Mint
created a 1-ounce silver Britannia coin after the very
successful introduction of the Britannia gold bullion
coins in 1987. With a face value of two pounds (£2), these silver Britannias differ from the standard British
sterling of .925 fine silver and are made from .958 fine
silver. These coins were designed with such appeal to
attract both investors and collectors alike.
Found on the obverse of the 1997
issue is the "third portrait" used on British decimal
coins between the years of 1985 and 1997. This issue of
the Silver Britannias was produced in limited quantity
of 20,000 only as proofs. The reverse features an
elegant design of Britannia standing in a horse-drawn
chariot in the likeness of Boudicea.
In 1998 all British coins including
the Britannia underwent a change in the obverse design
to feature the "fourth portrait", which depicted The
Queen with a more mature appearance. A Standing
Britannia, which was often used on the gold Britannias
since 1987 is featured on the back of the coin. It was
also used on the florins of Edward VII from the years
1902 to 1910 and was first engraved by G.W. De Saulles.
In addition to the Standing
Britannia, special one-off single year designs were
made. It was first introduced for the 10th
anniversary of the gold Britannias in 1997, the year
when the silver Britannias were also introduced.
Currently the classic standing Britannia can be seen on
the silver Britannias of 1998, 2000, 2002, 2004 and
2006. Based on the issues every year, the Royal Mint
appears to like alternating between the classic design
and the one-off designs. These special designs have been
issued in the odd years of 1997, 1999, 2001, 2003, 2005
and 2007. Moreover, though the same chariot design was
used in 1997 and 1999, one year was Proof only while the
other was Uncirculated only.
2006 .958 1oz Silver Britannia Coin.
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