Gold Five Ounces 2013 Britannia, Coin from United Kingdom - detailed information

Gold Five Ounces 2013 Britannia, Coin from United Kingdom
CoinGold Five Ounces 2013 Britannia

Like many other mints, the Royal Mint issues bullion coins in precious metals, having much higher intrinsic value than their face value. The five ounces (5 oz) gold coins are denominated as either ten pounds (£10) or five hundred pounds (£500).

The coins are legal tender but are not intended for circulation. They are targeted at bullion investors or collectors who appreciate the special editions as pieces of art. The coins are typically "one-year" types usually issued in parallel with smaller denominations with the same reverse designs.

Britannia as a symbol has been depicted on British coinage for centuries. The bullion series called Britannia has been issued in gold since 1987 and in silver since 1997; it has a "definitive" depiction - used on bullion coins (Brilliant Uncirculated grade), as well as one-year designs like this one - used on proofs made for collectors.

Starting in 2013, the Royal Mint made significant changes to the Britannia program. The purity of the coins was changed from the traditional 22-carat gold (91.67%) and “Britannia silver” (95.8%) to the finer purity of 99.99% gold and 99.9% silver. The typical mintage limit of 100,000 for the silver bullion coins was removed. Lastly, the bullion versions would now feature the static design of Philip Nathan’s “Standing Britannia” while the numismatic versions would feature a new design for each year of issue.

The design for this year’s numismatic versions was created by portrait sculptor Robert Hunt and features Britannia seated and dressed in classical robes, creating a familiar appearance. However, her head appears turned, symbolizing an interest in lands beyond her borders. She wears a Corinthian helmet and holds Neptune’s trident to represent her claim as “ruler of the waves.” An owl is present as a symbol of wisdom - hence the coin is known as Britannia and the Owl. The image appears solitary against an empty field with the exception of the word “BRITANNIA” at the upper left. The precious metal content and date appear at the base.

MintRoyal Mint Mint MarkNo mint mark Total Mintage61
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Obverse

The obverse of the coins shows the crowned mature head of Queen Elizabeth II facing right (her effigy known as the "Fourth Portrait"). The Queen wears the "Girls of Great Britain and Ireland" diamond tiara, a wedding gift from Queen Mary (Her Majesty's grandmother) in 1947 - which she also has on the Machin and the Gottwald portraits.

In small letters below the head, the artist's initials IRB (for Ian Rank-Broadley).

Around the effigy is the monarch's legend: ELIZABETH ' II ' D ' G REG ' FID ' DEF ' 500 ' POUNDS '. Translated from Latin: Elizabeth the Second, by the Grace of God, Queen, Defender of the Faith, followed by the value and denomination in English.

Obverse Inscription ELIZABETH ' II ' D ' G REG ' FID ' DEF ' 500 ' POUNDS '
Reverse
United Kingdom / Gold Five Ounces 2013 Britannia - reverse photo

The reverse shows the figure of Britannia, the female personification of Great Britain. She is seated in an Ancient Greek-style chair, turned right. She is wearing a crested Corinthian helmet; in her left hand she is holding an upright trident. An owl - the Ancient Greek symbol of wisdom normally associated with the goddess Athena - is perched on her right leg.

Around above left, the inscription BRITANNIA. Below the exergue line, 5 OUNCES FINE GOLD. Below that, the date of issue 2013.

Reverse Inscription BRITANNIA 5 OUNCES FINE GOLD 2013
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This reverse design was issued in a variety of formats:
- 5 oz gold
- 1 oz gold (Proof version)
- 1/2 oz gold
- 1/4 oz gold (Proof version)
- 1/10 oz gold
- 1/20 oz gold
- 5 oz silver
- 1 oz silver (Proof version)
- 1/2 oz silver
- 1/4 oz silver (Proof version)
- 1/10 oz silver
- 1/20 oz silver

Gold Five Ounces 2013 Britannia: References to Information Used
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All (63) coins of type: Gold Five Ounces (5 oz)
Coin NameMintageEffigyLegend
Gold Five Ounces 2012 London Olympics 193 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH · II · D · G · REG F · D · TEN POUNDS ·
Gold Five Ounces 2012 Diamond Jubilee 140 ELIZABETH · II · D · G REG · F · D · TEN POUNDS
Gold Five Ounces 2013 Britannia 61 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH ' II ' D ' G REG ' FID ' DEF ' 500 ' POUNDS '
Gold Five Ounces 2013 Coronation Anniversary 74 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH · II · D · G · REG · F · D TEN POUNDS · 2013
Gold Five Ounces 2013 Prince George Christening 48 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH · II · D · G · REG F · D · TEN POUNDS ·
Gold Five Ounces 2014 WW1 - Outbreak 36 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH · II · D · G · REG F · D TEN POUNDS
Gold Five Ounces 2014 Britannia 75 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH ' II ' D ' G REG ' FID ' DEF ' 500 ' POUNDS '
Gold Five Ounces 2015 Year of the Sheep 26 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH ' II ' D ' G REG ' FID ' DEF ' 500 ' POUNDS '
Gold Five Ounces 2015 Churchill 48 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH · II · D · G · REG · F · D 10 POUNDS · 2015
Gold Five Ounces 2015 World War One 17 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 10 POUNDS · 2015 ·
Gold Five Ounces 2015 Longest Reigning Monarch 180 Queen Elizabeth II - Portrait by James Butler ELIZABETH II · DEI · GRA · REG · F · D · TEN POUNDS · 2015
Gold Five Ounce 2015 Princess Charlotte Christening unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 500 POUNDS ·
Gold Five Ounces 2015 Britannia 60 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 500 POUNDS ·
Gold Five Ounces 2016 Year of the Monkey unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 500 POUNDS ·
Gold Five Ounces 2016 WW1 - Poetry and Language unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 10 POUNDS · 2016 ·
Gold Five Ounces 2016 Queen's 90th Birthday 170 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 10 POUNDS · 2016 ·
Gold Five Ounces 2016 Shakespeare 50 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 10 POUNDS ·
Gold Five Ounces 2016 Britannia 64 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 500 POUNDS ·
Gold Five Ounces 2017 Year of the Rooster 35 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 500 POUNDS ·
Gold Five Ounces 2017 Platinum Wedding 86 ELIZABETH II D G REG F D · PHILIP PRINCEPS · TEN POUNDS
Gold Five Ounces 2017 Sapphire Jubilee 110 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 10 POUNDS ·
Gold Five Ounces 2017 WW1 Centenary 27 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 10 POUNDS · 2017 ·
Gold Five Ounces 2017 Lion of England 100 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 500 POUNDS ·
Gold Five Ounces 2017 Unicorn of Scotland 75 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 500 POUNDS ·
Gold Five Ounces 2017 Britannia 98 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 500 POUNDS ·
Gold Five Ounces 2018 Britannia 64 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 500 POUNDS ·
Gold Five Ounces 2018 Year of the Dog 47 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 500 POUNDS ·
Gold Five Ounce 2018 Four Generations 67 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 10 POUNDS ·
Gold Five Ounces 2018 Sapphire Jubilee 82 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 10 POUNDS ·
Gold Five Ounces 2018 Armistice unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 10 POUNDS ·
Gold Five Ounces 2018 Red Dragon of Wales 90 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 500 POUNDS ·
Gold Five Ounces 2018 Black Bull of Clarence 70 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 500 POUNDS ·
Gold Five Ounces 2019 Britannia unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 500 POUNDS ·
Gold Five Ounces 2019 Year of the Pig unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 500 POUNDS ·
Gold Five Ounces 2019 Legend of the Ravens unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 10 POUNDS · 2019 ·
Gold Five Ounces 2019 Ceremony of the Keys unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 10 POUNDS · 2019 ·
Gold Five Ounces 2019 Yeoman Warders unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 10 POUNDS · 2019 ·
Gold Five Ounces 2019 Crown Jewels unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 10 POUNDS · 2019 ·
Gold Five Ounces 2019 Una and the Lion unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 500 POUNDS ·
Gold Five Ounces 2019 Victoria and Albert 70 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 10 POUNDS · 2019 ·
Gold Five Ounces 2019 Falcon of the Plantagenets unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 500 POUNDS ·
Gold Five Ounces 2019 Yale of Beaufort 70 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 500 POUNDS ·
Gold Five Ounces 2020 Britannia unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 500 POUNDS ·
Gold Five Ounces 2020 Year of the Rat unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 500 POUNDS ·
Gold Five Ounces 2020 James Bond unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G REG · F · D · 500 POUNDS · 2020 ·
Gold Five Ounces 2020 White Lion of Mortimer unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 500 POUNDS ·
Gold Five Ounces 2020 White Horse of Hanover 69 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 500 POUNDS ·
Gold Five Ounces 2020 The Three Graces 160 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 500 POUNDS · 2020 ·
Gold Five Ounces 2020 Music Legends - Queen unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G REG · F · D · 500 POUNDS · 2020 ·
Gold Five Ounces 2020 Music Legends - Elton John 50 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G REG · F · D · 500 POUNDS · 2020 ·
Gold Five Ounces 2020 Music Legends - David Bowie 60 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G REG · F · D · 500 POUNDS · 2020 ·
Gold Five Ounces 2021 Year of the Ox unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 500 POUNDS ·
Gold Five Ounces 2021 Britannia unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 500 POUNDS ·
Gold Five Ounces 2021 Queen's 95th Birthday unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 10 POUNDS · 2021 ·
Gold Five Ounces 2021 Prince Philip 150 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 500 POUNDS · 2021 ·
Gold Five Ounces 2021 White Greyhound of Richmond unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 500 POUNDS ·
Gold Five Ounces 2021 Griffin of Edward III unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 500 POUNDS ·
Gold Five Ounces 2021 The Queen's Beasts Completer Coin unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 500 POUNDS ·
Gold Five Ounces 2021 Music Legends - The Who 64 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G REG · F · D · 500 POUNDS · 2021 ·
Gold Five Ounces 2021 Gothic Crown 181 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 500 POUNDS · 2021 ·
Gold Five Ounces 2022 Year of the Tiger unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 500 POUNDS ·
Gold Five Ounces 2022 Platinum Jubilee unknown Equestrian Portrait of Queen Elizabeth II ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 500 POUNDS · 2022 ·
Gold Five Ounces 2022 The Seymour Panther unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 500 POUNDS ·
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Gold Five Ounces 2013 Britannia: Details
CountryUnited Kingdom
CurrencyPound Sterling
Coin TypeGold Five Ounces (5 oz)
Issued2013
MonarchQueen Elizabeth II
EffigyQueen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait, by Ian Rank-Broadley
ReverseBritannia, Seated
Face Value500 (x Pound)
Total Mintage61
CurrentYes
Material0.9999 Gold
DesignerRobert Hunt
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size50.000 mm
Mass156.300 g
OCC IDBYNK-ODDC-MRMA-OPQM
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