Gold Tenth-Ounce 2014 Britannia, Proof, Coin from United Kingdom - detailed information

Gold Tenth-Ounce 2014 Britannia, Proof, Coin from United Kingdom
CoinGold Tenth-Ounce 2014 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 one-tenth ounce (1/10 oz) gold coins are denominated as Ten Pounds (£10) and have been issued since 1987.

These 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 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 2014, the reverse was designed by Jody Clark, the author of the Queen's fifth definitive portrait (released the next year). Following on from Robert Hunt’s 2013 Grecian Britannia, this year’s elegant yet powerful interpretation features an art deco Britannia, standing proudly in front of a three-dimensional globe, accompanied by a lion, its tail draped protectively around her feet.

Jody explains: “In approaching my design I started by researching what had gone before. Britannia has appeared in so many different compositions and with such a variety of symbols, I wanted my design to recall her history and tradition but with the elements surrounding Britannia, rather than weighing her down.

In my research I found that Britannia often sat on the globe in an imperial fashion. I did not think that was a very modern concept. Instead, I decided to place it alongside her. I wanted to make the design appear as if Britannia is moving with the globe, and portray a sense of movement, with flowing elements like her dress.

Although some of the elements are motionless - the globe as a backdrop, the shield and trident placed at her side - I feel there is a dynamism to the design. There is a sense of movement as Britannia’s hair and robes flow, as does the mane of the lion, an iconic symbol of strength and pride that I was keen to include, and I hope that the two appear united as I intended them. Although the lion is at Britannia’s feet, its tail is curled around her, protective and tamed.”

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

MintRoyal Mint Mint MarkNo mint mark Total Mintage613
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Obverse
United Kingdom / Gold Tenth-Ounce 2014 Britannia, Proof - 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 ' 10 ' 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 ' 10 ' POUNDS '
Reverse
United Kingdom / Gold Tenth-Ounce 2014 Britannia, Proof - reverse photo

The reverse shows the standing figure of Britannia, the female personification of Great Britain, turned left and partly back, with flowing robes. She is wearing a crested Corinthian helmet; in her right hand - a round shield; in her left hand she is holding an upright trident.

At her feet, a lion, its tail draped around her legs. In the background, a globe.

Around left, the inscription BRITANNIA 999.9; around right, 1/10 oz FINE GOLD. Below, the date of issue 2014.

The artist's initials JC (for Jody Clark) are in the right field under the exergue line.

Reverse Inscription BRITANNIA 999.9 1/10 oz FINE GOLD 2014
EdgeMilledEdge InscriptionNone
Issued in Set
The Britannia 2014 Collection - Premium Six-Coin Gold Proof Set, mintage 225
6 coins: £100 (1oz), £50 (1/2oz), £25 (1/4oz), £10 (1/10oz), £1 (1/20oz), 50p (1/40oz)
The Britannia 2014 Collection - Five-Coin Gold Proof Set, mintage 150
5 coins: £100 (1oz), £50 (1/2oz), £25 (1/4oz), £2 (1/10oz), £1 (1/20oz)
The Britannia 2014 Collection - Premium Three-Coin Gold Proof Set, mintage 98
3 coins: £50 (1/2oz), £25 (1/4oz), £10 (1/10oz)
The Britannia 2014 Collection - Three-Coin Gold Proof Set, mintage 140
3 coins: £25 (1/2oz), £10 (1/4oz), £1 (1/10oz)
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 (Proof version)
- 1/20th oz gold
- 1/40th oz gold
- 5 oz silver
- 1 oz silver (2015, denominated as £50)
- 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

Gold Tenth-Ounce 2014 Britannia, Proof: References to Information Used
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Royal Mint Mintage link
All (51) coins of type: Gold Tenth-Ounce (1/10 oz)
Coin NameMintageEffigyLegend
Gold Tenth-Ounce 1987 Britannia unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait ELIZABETH ' II ' DEI ' GRATIA ' REGINA ' F ' D ' 10 POUNDS '
Gold Tenth-Ounce 1988 Britannia unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait ELIZABETH ' II ' DEI ' GRATIA ' REGINA ' F ' D ' 10 POUNDS '
Gold Tenth-Ounce 1989 Britannia unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait ELIZABETH ' II ' DEI ' GRATIA ' REGINA ' F ' D ' 10 POUNDS '
Gold Tenth-Ounce 1990 Britannia unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait ELIZABETH ' II ' DEI ' GRATIA ' REGINA ' F ' D ' 10 POUNDS '
Gold Tenth-Ounce 1991 Britannia unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait ELIZABETH ' II ' DEI ' GRATIA ' REGINA ' F ' D ' 10 POUNDS '
Gold Tenth-Ounce 1992 Britannia unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait ELIZABETH ' II ' DEI ' GRATIA ' REGINA ' F ' D ' 10 POUNDS '
Gold Tenth-Ounce 1993 Britannia unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait ELIZABETH ' II ' DEI ' GRATIA ' REGINA ' F ' D ' 10 POUNDS '
Gold Tenth-Ounce 1994 Britannia unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait ELIZABETH ' II ' DEI ' GRATIA ' REGINA ' F ' D ' 10 POUNDS '
Gold Tenth-Ounce 1995 Britannia unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait ELIZABETH ' II ' DEI ' GRATIA ' REGINA ' F ' D ' 10 POUNDS '
Gold Tenth-Ounce 1996 Britannia unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait ELIZABETH ' II ' DEI ' GRATIA ' REGINA ' F ' D ' 10 POUNDS '
Gold Tenth-Ounce 1997 Britannia 2,713 Queen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait ELIZABETH ' II ' DEI ' GRATIA ' REGINA ' F ' D ' 10 POUNDS '
Gold Tenth-Ounce 1998 Britannia 1,142 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH ' II ' D ' G REG ' FID ' DEF ' 10 ' POUNDS '
Gold Tenth-Ounce 1999 Britannia unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH ' II ' D ' G REG ' FID ' DEF ' 10 ' POUNDS '
Gold Tenth-Ounce 2000 Britannia unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH ' II ' D ' G REG ' FID ' DEF ' 10 ' POUNDS '
Gold Tenth-Ounce 2001 Britannia unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH ' II ' D ' G REG ' FID ' DEF ' 10 ' POUNDS '
Gold Tenth-Ounce 2002 Britannia unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH ' II ' D ' G REG ' FID ' DEF ' 10 ' POUNDS '
Gold Tenth-Ounce 2003 Britannia unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH ' II ' D ' G REG ' FID ' DEF ' 10 ' POUNDS '
Gold Tenth-Ounce 2004 Britannia unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH ' II ' D ' G REG ' FID ' DEF ' 10 ' POUNDS '
Gold Tenth-Ounce 2005 Britannia 3,081 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH ' II ' D ' G REG ' FID ' DEF ' 10 ' POUNDS '
Gold Tenth-Ounce 2006 Britannia 1,863 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH ' II ' D ' G REG ' FID ' DEF ' 10 ' POUNDS '
Gold Tenth-Ounce 2007 Britannia 2,143 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH ' II ' D ' G REG ' FID ' DEF ' 10 ' POUNDS '
Gold Tenth-Ounce 2008 Britannia 1,998 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH ' II D ' G REG ' FID ' DEF ' 10 ' POUNDS '
Gold Tenth-Ounce 2009 Britannia unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH ' II ' D ' G REG ' FID ' DEF ' 10 ' POUNDS '
Gold Tenth-Ounce 2010 Britannia 5,632 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH ' II ' D ' G REG ' FID ' DEF ' 10 ' POUNDS '
Gold Tenth-Ounce 2011 Britannia 3,511 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH ' II ' D ' G REG ' FID ' DEF ' 10 ' POUNDS '
Gold Tenth-Ounce 2012 Britannia unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH ' II ' D ' G REG ' FID ' DEF ' 10 ' POUNDS '
Gold Tenth-Ounce 2013 Britannia 1,637 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH ' II ' D ' G REG ' FID ' DEF ' 10 ' POUNDS '
Gold Tenth-Ounce 2014 Britannia, Proof 613 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH ' II ' D ' G REG ' FID ' DEF ' 10 ' POUNDS '
Gold Tenth-Ounce 2014 Britannia, Bullion unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH ' II ' D ' G REG ' FID ' DEF ' 10 ' POUNDS '
Gold Tenth-Ounce 2014 Year of the Horse 1,779 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH ' II ' D ' G REG ' FID ' DEF ' 10 ' POUNDS '
Gold Tenth-Ounce 2015 Britannia, Proof 509 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 10 POUNDS ·
Gold Tenth-Ounce 2015 Britannia, Bullion unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH ' II ' D ' G REG ' FID ' DEF ' 10 ' POUNDS '
Gold Tenth-Ounce 2015 Year of the Sheep unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH ' II ' D ' G REG ' FID ' DEF ' 10 ' POUNDS '
Gold Tenth-Ounce 2016 Britannia, Proof 293 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 10 POUNDS ·
Gold Tenth-Ounce 2016 Britannia, Bullion unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 10 POUNDS ·
Gold Tenth-Ounce 2016 Year of the Monkey unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 10 POUNDS ·
Gold Tenth-Ounce 2017 Britannia, Proof 381 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 10 POUNDS ·
Gold Tenth-Ounce 2017 Britannia, Bullion unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 10 POUNDS ·
Gold Tenth-Ounce 2017 Year of the Rooster 980 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 10 POUNDS ·
Gold Tenth-Ounce 2018 Britannia, Proof unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 10 POUNDS ·
Gold Tenth-Ounce 2018 Britannia, Bullion unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 10 POUNDS ·
Gold Tenth-Ounce 2018 Year of the Dog 1,044 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 10 POUNDS ·
Gold Tenth-Ounce 2019 Britannia, Proof unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 10 POUNDS ·
Gold Tenth-Ounce 2019 Britannia, Bullion unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 10 POUNDS ·
Gold Tenth-Ounce 2019 Year of the Pig unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 10 POUNDS ·
Gold Tenth-Ounce 2020 Britannia, Proof unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 10 POUNDS ·
Gold Tenth-Ounce 2020 Britannia, Bullion unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 10 POUNDS ·
Gold Tenth-Ounce 2020 Royal Arms unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 10 POUNDS ·
Gold Tenth-Ounce 2021 Britannia, Proof 265 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 10 POUNDS ·
Gold Tenth-Ounce 2021 Britannia, Bullion unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 10 POUNDS ·
Gold Tenth-Ounce 2022 Britannia, Bullion unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 10 POUNDS ·
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Gold Tenth-Ounce 2014 Britannia, Proof: Details
CountryUnited Kingdom
CurrencyPound Sterling
Coin TypeGold Tenth-Ounce (1/10 oz)
Issued2014
MonarchQueen Elizabeth II
EffigyQueen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait, by Ian Rank-Broadley
ReverseBritannia, Standing
Face Value10 (x Pound)
Total Mintage613
CurrentYes
Material0.9999 Gold
DesignerJody Clark
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size16.500 mm
Mass3.130 g
OCC IDLBRP-ERRC-BYXP-EMNY
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