Gold Twentieth-Ounce 2013 Britannia, Coin from United Kingdom - detailed information

Gold Twentieth-Ounce 2013 Britannia, Coin from United Kingdom
CoinGold Twentieth-Ounce 2013 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-twentieth ounce (1/20 oz) gold coins are denominated as One Pound (£1) and have been issued since 2013.

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.

Starting in 2013, the Royal Mint made significant changes to the Britannia program. The purity of the coins was changed from the traditional 22-carat gold (91.67%) and “Britannia silver” (95.8%) to the finer purity of 99.99% gold and 99.9% silver. The typical mintage limit of 100,000 for the silver bullion coins was removed. Lastly, the bullion versions would now feature the static design of Philip Nathan’s “Standing Britannia” while the numismatic versions would feature a new design for each year of issue.

The design for this year’s numismatic versions was created by portrait sculptor Robert Hunt and features Britannia seated and dressed in classical robes, creating a familiar appearance. However, her head appears turned, symbolizing an interest in lands beyond her borders. She wears a Corinthian helmet and holds Neptune’s trident to represent her claim as “ruler of the waves.” An owl is present as a symbol of wisdom - hence the coin is known as Britannia and the Owl. The image appears solitary against an empty field with the exception of the word “BRITANNIA” at the upper left. The precious metal content and date appear at the base.

This twentieth-ounce gold proof coin was issued individually and in sets. This was the first year when the denomination and size was used.

MintRoyal Mint Mint MarkNo mint mark Total Mintage3,393
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Obverse
United Kingdom / Gold Twentieth-Ounce 2013 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 ' 1 ' POUND '. 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 ' 1 ' POUND '
Reverse
United Kingdom / Gold Twentieth-Ounce 2013 Britannia - reverse photo

The reverse shows the figure of Britannia, the female personification of Great Britain. She is seated in an Ancient Greek-style chair, turned right. She is wearing a crested Corinthian helmet; in her left hand she is holding an upright trident. An owl - the Ancient Greek symbol of wisdom normally associated with the goddess Athena - is perched on her right leg.

Around above left, the inscription BRITANNIA. Below the exergue line, 1/20 OUNCE FINE GOLD. Below that, the date of issue 2013.

Reverse Inscription BRITANNIA 1/20 OUNCE FINE GOLD 2013
EdgeMilledEdge InscriptionNone
Notes

2,496 individual coins, plus coins in sets.

Issued in Set
The 2013 Britannia Collection - Five-Coin Gold Proof Set, mintage 261
5 coins: £100 (1oz), £50 (1/2oz), £25 (1/4oz), £10 (1/10oz), £1 (1/20oz)
The 2013 Britannia Gold and Silver Proof Set, mintage 500
2 coins: £1 (1/20oz) Gold, £2 (1oz) Silver
The 2013 Britannia Collection - Three-Coin Gold Proof Set, mintage 136
3 coins: £25 (1/4oz), £10 (1/10oz), £1 (1/20oz)
See also

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

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Gold Twentieth-Ounce 2013 Britannia: Details
CountryUnited Kingdom
CurrencyPound Sterling
Coin TypeGold Twentieth-Ounce (1/20 oz)
Issued2013
MonarchQueen Elizabeth II
EffigyQueen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait, by Ian Rank-Broadley
ReverseBritannia, Seated
Face Value1 (x Pound)
Total Mintage3,393
CurrentYes
Material0.9999 Gold
DesignerRobert Hunt
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size12.000 mm
Mass1.580 g
OCC IDQRAP-EBNC-ARAM-EYJD
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