Gold Fortieth-Ounce 2017 Britannia, Coin from United Kingdom - detailed information

Gold Fortieth-Ounce 2017 Britannia, Coin from United Kingdom
CoinGold Fortieth-Ounce 2017 Britannia

Like many other mints, the Royal Mint issues bullion coins in precious metals, having much higher intrinsic value than their face value. The one-fortieth ounce (1/40 oz) gold coins are denominated as Fifty Pence (50p) and have been issued since 2014.

These tiny coins are legal tender but are not intended for circulation. They are targeted at collectors who appreciate the special editions as pieces of art. The coins are typically "one-year" types usually issued in parallel with other 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 “Britannia, the Changing Face of Britain” - a series of one-year designs like this one - used on proofs made for collectors.

While firmly rooted in the times of the Romans, a modern Britannia has emerged, appearing as a symbol of design excellence in high fashion magazines and associated with all things fashionable during the ‘Cool Britannia’ phase in the 1990s. On the 30th anniversary of the gold Britannia bullion coin, fine art student Louis Tamlyn has created a contemporary reverse design, reflecting a time of political change when the eyes of the world have often been on Britain. His design also contains a trident mint mark that celebrates these important anniversaries.

This fortieth-ounce gold proof coin was issued individually and in sets.

MintRoyal Mint Mint MarkNo mint mark Total Mintage 1,070
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Obverse
United Kingdom / Gold Fortieth-Ounce 2017 Britannia - obverse photo

The obverse of the coin depicts the crowned old head of Queen Elizabeth II facing right, wearing the Royal Diamond Diadem crown worn for her Coronation (her effigy known as the "Fifth Portrait").

In small letters below the head, the artist's initials J.C (for Jody Clark).

Running continuously around the effigy is the monarch's legend: ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 50 PENCE ·. 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 · F · D · 50 PENCE ·
Reverse
United Kingdom / Gold Fortieth-Ounce 2017 Britannia - reverse photo

The reverse shows the standing figure of Britannia, in a style breaking with earlier traditional depictions. She is seen from the back, cradling her trident in one arm and holding a shield in the other hand (textured with concentric circles), and is wearing the familiar crested Corinthian helmet. Britannia's lower torso and legs are transformed into a map of Great Britain, with lines radiating outward from the centre of the coin.

To her right, the design displays the characteristic lines of the Union Jack.

Around, the inscription BRITANNIA 1/40 oz FINE GOLD 999.9 2017, interrupted in the right field by a trident privy mark with the numerals 30 between its teeth, as a celebration of the 30th anniversary of the gold Britannia range.

The artist's initials LWT (for Louis Tamlyn) are between the trident mark and the 2 of 2017. The face value is on the obverse.

Reverse Inscription BRITANNIA 1/40 oz FINE GOLD 999.9 2017
EdgeMilledEdge InscriptionNone
Notes

Individual coins were issued in a presentation folder, Royal Mint product code: BR17G40, issue price £70.00; 888 issued from limit of 1,500.

Included in Set
The Britannia 2017 Collection - Premium Six-Coin Gold Proof Set, mintage 182, limited to 250
6 coins: £100 (1oz), £50 (1/2oz), £25 (1/4oz), £10 (1/10oz), £1 (1/20oz), 50p (1/40oz)
See also

This reverse design was issued in a variety of formats:
- 1/4 oz platinum
- 30 oz gold
- 5 oz gold
- 1 oz gold (Proof version)
- 1/2 oz gold (Proof version)
- 1/4 oz gold (Proof version)
- 1/10th oz gold (Proof version)
- 1/20th oz gold
- 1/40th oz gold
- 20 oz silver
- 5 oz silver
- 1 oz silver (Proof version)
- 1/2 oz silver (Proof version)
- 1/4 oz silver
- 1/10th oz silver
- 1/20th oz silver
- 1/40th oz silver

Gold Fortieth-Ounce 2017 Britannia: References to Information Used
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All (21) coins of type: Gold Fortieth-Ounce (1/40 oz)
Coin NameMintageEffigyLegend
Gold Fortieth-Ounce 2014 Britannia 5,746 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH ' II ' D ' G REG ' FID ' DEF ' 50 ' PENCE '
Gold Fortieth-Ounce 2015 Britannia 3,213 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 50 PENCE ·
Gold Fortieth-Ounce 2016 Britannia 1,621 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 50 PENCE ·
Gold Fortieth-Ounce 2017 Britannia 1,070 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 50 PENCE ·
Gold Fortieth-Ounce 2018 Britannia 167 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 50 PENCE ·
Gold Fortieth-Ounce 2019 Britannia 165 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 50 PENCE ·
Gold Fortieth-Ounce 2020 Britannia 1,248 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 50 PENCE ·
Gold Fortieth-Ounce 2021 Britannia 150 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 50 PENCE ·
Gold Fortieth-Ounce 2022 Britannia 149 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 50 PENCE ·
Gold Fortieth-Ounce 2023 Britannia 175 King Charles III - First Portrait CHARLES III · D · G · REX · F · D · 50 PENCE · 2023 ·
Gold Fortieth-Ounce 2023 King Charles III Coronation 3,033 King Charles III - First Crowned Portrait CHARLES III · D · G · REX · F · D · 50 PENCE · 2023 ·
Gold Fortieth-Ounce 2023 King Charles III 75th Birthday 2,033 King Charles III - First Portrait CHARLES III · D · G · REX · F · D · 50 PENCE · 2023 ·
Gold Fortieth-Ounce 2024 Year of the Dragon 2,898 King Charles III - First Portrait CHARLES III · D · G · REX · F · D · 50 PENCE · 2024 ·
Gold Fortieth-Ounce 2024 Britannia (2,284) King Charles III - First Portrait CHARLES III · D · G · REX · F · D · 50 PENCE · 2024 ·
Gold Fortieth-Ounce 2024 D-Day Anniversary 2,034 King Charles III - First Portrait CHARLES III · D · G · REX · F · D · 50 PENCE · 2024 ·
Gold Fortieth-Ounce 2024 Harry Potter - The Winged Keys 2,034 King Charles III - First Portrait CHARLES III · D · G · REX · F · D · 50 PENCE · 2024 ·
Gold Fortieth-Ounce 2024 Music Legends - George Michael 2,034 King Charles III - First Portrait CHARLES III · D · G · REX · F · D · 50 PENCE · 2024 ·
Gold Fortieth-Ounce 2024 RNLI 2,034 King Charles III - First Portrait CHARLES III · D · G · REX · F · D · 50 PENCE · 2024 ·
Gold Fortieth-Ounce 2024 Buckingham Palace 2,034 King Charles III - First Portrait CHARLES III · D · G · REX · F · D · 50 PENCE · 2024 ·
Gold Fortieth-Ounce 2024 National Gallery 2,034 King Charles III - First Portrait CHARLES III · D · G · REX · F · D · 50 PENCE · 2024 ·
Gold Fortieth-Ounce 2024 Britannia and Liberty 1,786 King Charles III - First Portrait CHARLES III · D · G · REX · F · D · 50 PENCE · 2024 ·
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Gold Fortieth-Ounce 2017 Britannia: Details
CountryUnited Kingdom
CurrencyPound Sterling
Coin TypeGold Fortieth-Ounce (1/40 oz)
Issued2017
MonarchQueen Elizabeth II
EffigyQueen Elizabeth II - Portrait by Jody Clark (Fifth Portrait)
ReverseBritannia, Standing
Face Value50 (x Penny)
Total Mintage1,070
CurrentYes
Material0.9999 Gold
DesignerLouis Tamlyn
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size8.0000 mm
Mass0.8000 g
OCC IDAPVZ-EYRC-XNZM-OLMD
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