Gold Fortieth-Ounce 2019 Britannia, Coin from United Kingdom - detailed information

Gold Fortieth-Ounce 2019 Britannia, Coin from United Kingdom
CoinGold Fortieth-Ounce 2019 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.

In 2019, designer David Lawrence offered a second interpretation of Britannia, standing boldly with a lion by her side. This is the second year in a row that he has contributed a portrait of Britannia, lending her an air of consistency as the current and previous incarnations are compared side by side.

David said of his of design, “My initial thoughts were influenced by the great engravers of the past. Their work has a classical grace and gravitas I was keen to recreate. After all, coins of the realm are a serious business. The lion had to be there somewhere, as did the shield and trident... many of the components were already decided in a way. The end result is an Anglicised version of ancient Rome.”

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

MintRoyal Mint Mint MarkNo mint mark Total Mintage165
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Obverse
United Kingdom / Gold Fortieth-Ounce 2019 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 2019 Britannia - reverse photo

The reverse shows the standing figure of Britannia, the female personification of Great Britain, facing right, with a lion at her feet. She is wearing a crested Corinthian helmet; in her right hand she is holding a trident with which she is pointing to the distance. The shield in her left hand has the symbol of the Union Jack cross on it.

In the background, the Sun's rays burst through a cloud.

Around left, the inscription BRITANNIA; above, 1/40 oz; around right, FINE GOLD 999.9; around below, the date of issue 2019.

The artist's signature D.L (for David Lawrence) is above left in the outer ring, above Britannia's flowing hair.

Reverse Inscription BRITANNIA 1/40 oz FINE GOLD 999.9 2019
EdgeMilledEdge InscriptionNone
Included in Set
The Britannia 2019 Collection - Premium Six-Coin Gold Proof Set, mintage 165, limited to 150
6 coins: £100 (1oz), £50 (1/2oz), £25 (1/4oz), £10 (1/10oz), £1 (1/20oz), 50p (1/40oz)
See also

Coins from the Britannia 2019 series (different designs for proof and bullion):
- 1 oz Platinum Bullion (£100), Britannia 2019
- 1/4 oz Platinum Proof (£25), Britannia 2019
- 1/10 oz Platinum Bullion (£10), Britannia 2019/10
- 5 oz Gold Proof (£500), Britannia 2019
- 2 oz Gold Proof (£200), Britannia 2019
- 1 oz Gold Bullion (£100), Britannia 2019
- 1 oz Gold Bullion (£100) Oriental version, Britannia 2019
- 1 oz Gold Proof (£100), Britannia 2019
- 1/2 oz Gold Bullion (£50), Britannia 2019
- 1/2 oz Gold Proof (£50), Britannia 2019
- 1/4 oz Gold Bullion (£25), Britannia 2019
- 1/4 oz Gold Proof (£25), Britannia 2019
- 1/10 oz Gold Bullion (£10), Britannia 2019
- 1/10 oz Gold Proof (£10), Britannia 2019
- 1/20 oz Gold Proof (£1), Britannia 2019
- 1/40 oz Gold Proof (50p), Britannia 2019
- 1 kg Silver Proof (£500), Britannia 2019
- 5 oz Silver Proof (£10), Britannia 2019
- 1 oz Silver Bullion (£2), Britannia 2019
- 1 oz Silver Bullion (£2) Oriental version, Britannia 2019
- 1 oz Silver Proof (£2), Britannia 2019
- 1/2 oz Silver Proof (£1), Britannia 2019
- 1/4 oz Silver Proof (50p), Britannia 2019
- 1/10 oz Silver Proof (25p), Britannia 2019
- 1/20 oz Silver Proof (10p), Britannia 2019
- 1/40 oz Silver Proof (5p), Britannia 2019

All (16) 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 150 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 unknown 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 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 2019 Britannia: Details
CountryUnited Kingdom
CurrencyPound Sterling
Coin TypeGold Fortieth-Ounce (1/40 oz)
Issued2019
MonarchQueen Elizabeth II
EffigyQueen Elizabeth II - Portrait by Jody Clark (Fifth Portrait)
ReverseBritannia, Standing
Face Value50 (x Penny)
Total Mintage165
Mintage Limit150
CurrentYes
Material0.9999 Gold
DesignerDavid Lawrence
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size8.0000 mm
Mass0.8000 g
OCC IDMXKD-OKQC-JXXX-OWQJ
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