Platinum Quarter Ounce 2019 Britannia, Coin from United Kingdom - detailed information

Platinum Quarter Ounce 2019 Britannia, Coin from United Kingdom
CoinPlatinum Quarter Ounce 2019 Britannia

Like many other mints, the Royal Mint issues bullion coins in precious metals, having much higher intrinsic value than their face value. The quarter ounce (1/4 oz) platinum coins are denominated as Twenty-five Pounds (£25).

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 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 “Britannia, the Changing Face of Britain” - a series of one-year designs like this one - used on proofs made for collectors.

In 2019, designer David Lawrence offered a second interpretation of Britannia, standing boldly with a lion by her side. This is the second year in a row that he has contributed a portrait of Britannia, lending her an air of consistency as the current and previous incarnations are compared side by side.

David said of his of design, “My initial thoughts were influenced by the great engravers of the past. Their work has a classical grace and gravitas I was keen to recreate. After all, coins of the realm are a serious business. The lion had to be there somewhere, as did the shield and trident... many of the components were already decided in a way. The end result is an Anglicised version of ancient Rome.”

MintRoyal Mint Mint MarkNo mint mark Total Mintage250
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United Kingdom / Platinum Quarter Ounce 2019 Britannia - obverse photo

The obverse of the coin depicts the crowned old head of Queen Elizabeth II facing right, wearing the Royal Diamond Diadem crown worn for her Coronation (her effigy known as the "Fifth Portrait").

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

Running continuously around the effigy is the monarch's legend: ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 25 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 · F · D · 25 POUNDS ·
United Kingdom / Platinum Quarter Ounce 2019 Britannia - reverse photo

The reverse shows the standing figure of Britannia, the female personification of Great Britain, facing right, with a lion at her feet. She is wearing a crested Corinthian helmet; in her right hand she is holding a trident with which she is pointing to the distance. The shield in her left hand has the symbol of the Union Jack cross on it.

In the background, the Sun's rays burst through a cloud.

Around left, the inscription BRITANNIA; above, 1/4 oz; around right, PLATINUM 999.5; around below, the date of issue 2019.

The artist's signature D.L (for David Lawrence) is above left in the outer ring, above Britannia's flowing hair.

Reverse Inscription BRITANNIA 1/4 oz PLATINUM 999.5 2019
EdgeMilledEdge InscriptionNone

Finish: Proof FDC.
Packaging: in mahogany presentation box, with numbered Certificate of Authenticity.
Royal Mint Product Code: BR19QOPT
Issue price: £525.00
Issue limit: 240; Maximum Coin Mintage: 250.

See also

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

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Platinum Quarter Ounce 2019 Britannia: Details
CountryUnited Kingdom
CurrencyPound Sterling
Coin TypePlatinum Quarter Ounce (1/4 oz)
MonarchQueen Elizabeth II
EffigyQueen Elizabeth II - Portrait by Jody Clark (Fifth Portrait)
ReverseBritannia, Standing
Face Value25 (x Pound)
Total Mintage250
Mintage Limit250
Material0.9995 Platinum
DesignerDavid Lawrence
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size20.000 mm
Mass7.846 g
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