Gold Half Ounce 2005 Britannia, Coin from United Kingdom - detailed information

Gold Half Ounce 2005 Britannia, Coin from United Kingdom
CoinGold Half Ounce 2005 Britannia

Like many other mints, the Royal Mint issues bullion coins in precious metals, having much higher intrinsic value than their face value. The half ounce (1/2 oz) gold coins are denominated as Fifty Pounds (£50).

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 mint makes a distinction between plain "bullion" coins (issued in Brilliant Uncirculated grade) and proofs; the "bullion-grade" coins have textured backgrounds of both the obverse and the reverse designs and use the generic "authoritative" design, while proofs are typically "one-year" types. They are usually issued in parallel with other denominations/sizes having the same reverse designs.

The coins of the Britannia range in 2005 bear a new reverse design, the fifth image of Britannia by Philip Nathan. On it, Britannia is shown seated, similar to the personification of Britannia originally used on coins of the Roman Emperor Claudius, and then on British halfpennies and farthings since 1672.

According to the official announcement:
"To continue the Britannia series, the Royal Mint again looked to award winning sculptor Philip Nathan. His new Britannia, the fifth since the bullion coins were introduced in 1987, shows Britannia in more traditional pose. Ever watchful, she sits at the seashore, her helmet and robes harking back to her Roman roots and her trident and shield recalling her great maritime history."

The composition of the coin is 91.77% gold alloyed with 8.23% silver. The half-ounce (1/2oz) gold coin was only issued in mint sets in Proof FDC grade, and not individually.

MintRoyal Mint Mint MarkNo mint mark Total Mintage1,856
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Obverse
United Kingdom / Gold Half Ounce 2005 Britannia - obverse photo

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 ' 50 ' 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 ' 50 ' POUNDS '
Reverse
United Kingdom / Gold Half Ounce 2005 Britannia - reverse photo

At centre, the seated figure of Britannia - the female personification of Great Britain, facing left; her helmet is pushed back to reveal her face; the rim of her robe is decorated with a geometric pattern. Her right hand rests on a shield curved in the Celtic style, decorated with the cross of the Union Jack, with heraldic stripes denoting its colours. With her left hand she cradles a trident resting on her left shoulder. In the background, waves to the right and an oak tree to the left.

Within a toothed border, around left and right, interrupted by Britannia's helmet and trident, the inscription HALF OUNCE FINE GOLD 2005.

Below the exergue line, horizontally, BRITANNIA.

The artist's initials PN (for Philip Nathan) are in relief in small letters in the lower right field.

Reverse Inscription HALF OUNCE FINE GOLD 2005 BRITANNIA
EdgeMilledEdge InscriptionNone
Issued in Set
2005 Gold Proof Britannia Four Coin Collection, mintage 1,439
4 coins: £100 (1oz), £50 (1/2oz), £25 (1/4oz), £10 (1/10oz)
2005 Gold Proof Britannia Three Coin Collection, mintage 417
3 coins: £50 (1/2oz), £25 (1/4oz), £10 (1/10oz)
Gold Half Ounce 2005 Britannia: References to Information Used
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All (52) coins of type: Gold Half Ounce (1/2 oz)
Coin NameMintageEffigyLegend
Gold Half Ounce 1987 Britannia unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait ELIZABETH ' II ' DEI ' GRATIA ' REGINA ' F ' D ' 50 ' POUNDS '
Gold Half Ounce 1988 Britannia unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait ELIZABETH ' II ' DEI ' GRATIA ' REGINA ' F ' D ' 50 ' POUNDS '
Gold Half Ounce 1989 Britannia unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait ELIZABETH ' II ' DEI ' GRATIA ' REGINA ' F ' D ' 50 ' POUNDS '
Gold Half Ounce 1990 Britannia unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait ELIZABETH ' II ' DEI ' GRATIA ' REGINA ' F ' D ' 50 ' POUNDS '
Gold Half Ounce 1991 Britannia unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait ELIZABETH ' II ' DEI ' GRATIA ' REGINA ' F ' D ' 50 ' POUNDS '
Gold Half Ounce 1992 Britannia unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait ELIZABETH ' II ' DEI ' GRATIA ' REGINA ' F ' D ' 50 ' POUNDS '
Gold Half Ounce 1993 Britannia unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait ELIZABETH ' II ' DEI ' GRATIA ' REGINA ' F ' D ' 50 ' POUNDS '
Gold Half Ounce 1994 Britannia unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait ELIZABETH ' II ' DEI ' GRATIA ' REGINA ' F ' D ' 50 ' POUNDS '
Gold Half Ounce 1995 Britannia unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait ELIZABETH ' II ' DEI ' GRATIA ' REGINA ' F ' D ' 50 ' POUNDS '
Gold Half Ounce 1996 Britannia unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait ELIZABETH ' II ' DEI ' GRATIA ' REGINA ' F ' D ' 50 ' POUNDS '
Gold Half Ounce 1997 Britannia 892 Queen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait ELIZABETH ' II ' DEI ' GRATIA ' REGINA ' F ' D ' 50 POUNDS '
Gold Half Ounce 1998 Britannia 750 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH ' II ' D ' G REG ' FID ' DEF ' 50 ' POUNDS '
Gold Half Ounce 1999 Britannia unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH ' II ' D ' G REG ' FID ' DEF ' 50 ' POUNDS '
Gold Half Ounce 2000 Britannia unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH ' II ' D ' G REG ' FID ' DEF ' 50 ' POUNDS '
Gold Half Ounce 2001 Britannia unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH ' II ' D ' G REG ' FID ' DEF ' 50 ' POUNDS '
Gold Half Ounce 2002 Britannia 945 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH ' II ' D ' G REG ' FID ' DEF ' 50 ' POUNDS '
Gold Half Ounce 2003 Britannia unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH ' II ' D ' G REG ' FID ' DEF ' 50 ' POUNDS '
Gold Half Ounce 2004 Britannia 1,196 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH ' II ' D ' G REG ' FID ' DEF ' 50 ' POUNDS '
Gold Half Ounce 2005 Britannia 1,856 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH ' II ' D ' G REG ' FID ' DEF ' 50 ' POUNDS '
Gold Half Ounce 2006 Britannia 1,163 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH ' II ' D ' G REG ' FID ' DEF ' 50 ' POUNDS '
Gold Half Ounce 2007 Britannia 1,250 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH ' II ' D ' G REG ' FID ' DEF ' 50 ' POUNDS '
Gold Half Ounce 2008 Britannia 1,250 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH ' II D ' G REG ' FID ' DEF ' 50 ' POUNDS '
Gold Half Ounce 2009 Britannia unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH ' II ' D ' G REG ' FID ' DEF ' 50 ' POUNDS '
Gold Half Ounce 2010 Britannia 2,354 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH ' II ' D ' G REG ' FID ' DEF ' 50 ' POUNDS '
Gold Half Ounce 2011 Britannia 847 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH ' II ' D ' G REG ' FID ' DEF ' 50 ' POUNDS '
Gold Half Ounce 2012 Britannia - Standing 489 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH ' II ' D ' G REG ' FID ' DEF ' 50 ' POUNDS '
Gold Half Ounce 2012 Britannia - Charioteer 25 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH ' II ' D ' G REG ' FID ' DEF ' 50 ' POUNDS '
Gold Half Ounce 2012 Britannia - Guardian 25 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH ' II ' D ' G REG ' FID ' DEF ' 50 ' POUNDS '
Gold Half Ounce 2012 Britannia - Waves 25 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH ' II ' D ' G REG ' FID ' DEF ' 50 ' POUNDS '
Gold Half Ounce 2012 Britannia - Seated 25 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH ' II ' D ' G REG ' FID ' DEF ' 50 ' POUNDS '
Gold Half Ounce 2012 Britannia - Wreath 25 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH ' II ' D ' G REG ' FID ' DEF ' 50 ' POUNDS '
Gold Half Ounce 2012 Britannia - Beachside 25 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH ' II D ' G REG ' FID ' DEF ' 50 ' POUNDS '
Gold Half Ounce 2012 Britannia - Profile 25 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH ' II ' D ' G REG ' FID ' DEF ' 50 ' POUNDS '
Gold Half Ounce 2012 Britannia - Union Jack 25 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH ' II ' D ' G REG ' FID ' DEF ' 50 ' POUNDS '
Gold Half Ounce 2013 Britannia 351 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH ' II ' D ' G REG ' FID ' DEF ' 50 ' POUNDS '
Gold Half Ounce 2014 Britannia unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH ' II ' D ' G REG ' FID ' DEF ' 50 ' POUNDS '
Gold Half Ounce 2014 Britannia (Proof) 473 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH ' II ' D ' G REG ' FID ' DEF ' 50 ' POUNDS '
Gold Half Ounce 2015 Britannia unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH ' II ' D ' G REG ' FID ' DEF ' 50 ' POUNDS '
Gold Half Ounce 2015 Britannia (Proof) 333 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 50 POUNDS ·
Gold Half Ounce 2016 Britannia unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 50 POUNDS ·
Gold Half Ounce 2016 Britannia (Proof) 293 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 50 POUNDS ·
Gold Half Ounce 2017 Britannia unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 50 POUNDS ·
Gold Half Ounce 2017 Britannia (Proof) 381 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 50 POUNDS ·
Gold Half Ounce 2018 Britannia unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 50 POUNDS ·
Gold Half Ounce 2018 Britannia (Proof) unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 50 POUNDS ·
Gold Half Ounce 2019 Britannia unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 50 POUNDS ·
Gold Half Ounce 2019 Britannia (Proof) unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 50 POUNDS ·
Gold Half Ounce 2020 Britannia unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 50 POUNDS ·
Gold Half Ounce 2020 Britannia (Proof) unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 50 POUNDS ·
Gold Half Ounce 2021 Britannia, Proof 265 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 50 POUNDS ·
Gold Half Ounce 2021 Britannia, Bullion unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 50 POUNDS ·
Gold Half Ounce 2022 Britannia, Bullion unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 50 POUNDS ·
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Gold Half Ounce 2005 Britannia: Details
CountryUnited Kingdom
CurrencyPound Sterling
Coin TypeGold Half Ounce (1/2 oz)
Issued2005
MonarchQueen Elizabeth II
EffigyQueen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait, by Ian Rank-Broadley
ReverseBritannia, Seated
Face Value50 (x Pound)
Total Mintage1,856
CurrentYes
Material0.917 Gold
DesignerPhilip Nathan
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size27.000 mm
Mass17.030 g
OCC IDRMKG-OZAC-DVLJ-ENXQ
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Gold Half Ounce 2005 Britannia: Photos
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2005 Half Ounce Proof Britannia Gold Coin
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Gold Half Ounce 2005 Britannia: Catalogue Reference IDs
SourceReference ID
Spink, Coins of England and the United KingdomBP7 (was 4463)
Krause, Standard Catalog of World CoinsGreat Britain KM# 1070