Gold Fortieth-Ounce 2018 Britannia, Coin from United Kingdom - detailed information

Gold Fortieth-Ounce 2018 Britannia, Coin from United Kingdom
CoinGold Fortieth-Ounce 2018 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 one-year designs like this one - used on proofs made for collectors. In 2018, the artist David Lawrence decided to show her portrait in a classic design, wearing an ancient helmet.

The Royal Mint says:
"A Roman construct, Britannia came to personify this province at the very edge of empire. A female warrior who embodies our sense of self, she encapsulates the characteristics that define us as a nation. Throughout history, Britannia has been a muse for some of Britain’s most talented artists, each one offering their own interpretation of our most recognisable national symbol. For 2018, designer David Lawrence, whose designs include contributions to our five-year series commemorating the centenary of the First World War, restores Britannia to a more classical feel, lending her an added weight of gravitas."

This fortieth-ounce gold coin was only issued in sets, not individually.

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United Kingdom / Gold Fortieth-Ounce 2018 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 ·
United Kingdom / Gold Fortieth-Ounce 2018 Britannia - reverse photo

The reverse shows the portrait of Britannia, the female personification of Great Britain, facing right. She is wearing a crested Corinthian helmet decorated with a garland of the floral symbols of the constituent countries of the United Kingdom: the rose of England, the thistle of Scotland, the shamrock of Ireland and the daffodil of Wales.

Around, the inscription BRITANNIA 1/40oz FINE GOLD 999.9. Below, the date of issue 2018.

The artist's initials DL, for David Lawrence, are in the right field above the figure's shoulder.

Reverse Inscription BRITANNIA 1/40oz FINE GOLD 999.9 2018
EdgeMilledEdge InscriptionNone
Issued in Set
Britannia 2018 UK Premium 6-Coin Gold Proof Set, mintage 167
6 coins: Britannia 1oz Gold, Britannia 1/2oz Gold, Britannia 1/4oz Gold, Britannia 1/10oz Gold, Britannia 1/20oz Gold, Britannia 1/40oz Gold
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This reverse design was issued in a variety of formats:
- 1/4 oz platinum
- 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
- 1 kg silver
- 5 oz silver
- 1 oz silver (Proof version)
- 1/2 oz silver
- 1/4 oz silver
- 1/10th oz silver
- 1/20th oz silver
- 1/40th oz silver

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Gold Fortieth-Ounce 2018 Britannia: Details
CountryUnited Kingdom
CurrencyPound Sterling
Coin TypeGold Fortieth-Ounce (1/40 oz)
MonarchQueen Elizabeth II
EffigyQueen Elizabeth II - Portrait by Jody Clark (Fifth Portrait)
ReverseBritannia, Seated
Face Value50 (x Penny)
Total Mintageunknown
Material0.9999 Gold
DesignerDavid Lawrence
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size8.000 mm
Mass0.800 g
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