Gold Half Ounce 2015 Britannia (Proof), Coin from United Kingdom - detailed information

Gold Half Ounce 2015 Britannia (Proof), Coin from United Kingdom
CoinGold Half Ounce 2015 Britannia (Proof)

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.

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.

The design for 2015 is the first commission of Antony Dufort for the Royal Mint; his interpretation of this much-loved national figure was so admired by the Mint that it was selected for the country’s new definitive bimetallic circulating £2 introduced the same year. The icon wears her familiar Corinthian helmet and holds the trident, a symbolic reminder of Britain’s maritime might. The version for the silver and gold proofs is given more details than the one on circulating coinage; there is a backdrop of a sailing ship with billowing sails, cliffs and a lighthouse - a nod to the pre-decimal penny and halfpenny designs.

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

MintRoyal Mint Mint MarkNo mint mark Total Mintage333
Obverse
United Kingdom / Gold Half Ounce 2015 Britannia (Proof) - obverse photo

Crowned old head of Queen Elizabeth II facing right, wearing the Royal Diamond Diadem crown worn for her Coronation (effigy known as the "Fifth Portrait"). Running continuously around the effigy is the monarch's legend: ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 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.

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

Obverse Inscription ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 50 POUNDS ·
Reverse
United Kingdom / Gold Half Ounce 2015 Britannia (Proof) - reverse photo

The reverse shows the figure of Britannia, the female personification of Great Britain, facing left. She is wearing a crested Corinthian helmet; in her right hand she is holding a trident which rests on her shoulder. Her shield has the symbol of the Union Jack cross on it.

In the background, cliffs and a lighthouse to left, a sailing ship to right.

Around left, the inscription 1/2 oz FINE GOLD 999.9 2015; around right, BRITANNIA.

The artist's initials A.D. (for Antony Dufort) are around below right, facing the opposite way to BRITANNIA.

Reverse Inscription 1/2 oz FINE GOLD 999.9 2015 BRITANNIA
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See also

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

Issued in Set
The Britannia 2015 Collection - Premium Six-Coin Gold Proof Set, mintage 138
6 coins: £100 (1oz), £50 (1/2oz), £25 (1/4oz), £10 (1/10oz), £1 (1/20oz), 50p (1/40oz)
The Britannia 2015 Collection - Five-Coin Gold Proof Set, mintage 96
5 coins: £100 (1oz), £50 (1/2oz), £25 (1/4oz), £10 (1/10oz), £1 (1/20oz)
The Britannia 2015 Collection - Premium Three-Coin Gold Proof Set, mintage 99
3 coins: £50 (1/2oz), £25 (1/4oz), £10 (1/10oz)
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Gold Half Ounce 2015 Britannia (Proof): Details
CountryUnited Kingdom
CurrencyPound Sterling
Coin TypeGold Half Ounce (1/2 oz)
Issued2015
MonarchQueen Elizabeth II
EffigyPortrait by Jody Clark (Fifth Portrait)
ReverseBritannia
Face Value50 (x Pound)
Total Mintage333
CurrentYes
Material0.9999 Gold
DesignerAntony Dufort
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size (mm)27
Mass (g)15.6000
OCC IDLBRP-ORRC-BYYB-OMNY
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