Gold Half Ounce 2012 Britannia - Beachside, Coin from United Kingdom - detailed information

Gold Half Ounce 2012 Britannia - Beachside, Coin from United Kingdom
CoinGold Half Ounce 2012 Britannia - Beachside

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.

To mark the 25th anniversary of the Britannia range, in 2012 the Royal Mint re-issued all the earlier reverse designs for a nine-coin set of gold half-ounce (£50) coins, including this "Beachside" version which was first issued as a gold half ounce in 2008 and depicts Britannia standing , with her robes morphing into a large wave.

This was the last year when the composition was 22-carat (91.7%) gold alloyed with silver; the next year, it changed to 99.99% gold.

This half-ounce (1/2oz) gold coin was only issued in mint sets, in Proof FDC grade.

MintRoyal Mint Mint MarkNo mint mark Total Mintage25
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Obverse
United Kingdom / Gold Half Ounce 2012 Britannia - Beachside - 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 2012 Britannia - Beachside - reverse photo

At centre, the standing figure of Britannia facing right, holding a trident in her right hand and with a shield at her left side, decorated with the cross of the Union Jack with "heraldic stripes" indicating its colours. She wears a crested Corinthian helmet, pushed back to reveal her face. The fold of her dress transform into a wave. There is a lighthouse to the right.

Around above left, the inscription BRITANNIA, and the date 2012 above right. Around below, · 1/2 OUNCE FINE GOLD ·.

The artist's initials JB (for John Bergdahl) are incuse in the rocks under the lighthouse.

Reverse Inscription BRITANNIA 2012 · 1/2 OUNCE FINE GOLD ·
EdgeMilledEdge InscriptionNone
Notes

These coins and the set they were issued in are not listed in Spink or Krause.

Issued in Set
Britannia 25th Anniversary 1987 - 2012 The Gold Portrait Collection, mintage 25
9 coins: 1/2oz Standing Britannia, 1/2oz Charioteer Britannia, 1/2oz Guardian Britannia, 1/2oz Waves Britannia, 1/2oz Seated Britannia, 1/2oz Wreath Britannia, 1/2oz Beachside Britannia, 1/2oz Profile Britannia, 1/2oz Union Jack Britannia
Gold Half Ounce 2012 Britannia - Beachside: 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 2012 Britannia - Beachside: Details
CountryUnited Kingdom
CurrencyPound Sterling
Coin TypeGold Half Ounce (1/2 oz)
Issued2012
MonarchQueen Elizabeth II
EffigyQueen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait, by Ian Rank-Broadley
ReverseBritannia, Standing
Face Value50 (x Pound)
Total Mintage25
CurrentYes
Material0.917 Gold
DesignerJohn Bergdahl
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size27.000 mm
Mass17.030 g
OCC IDDKLM-OMKC-VZDN-ONZB
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