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.
This year’s design is both respectful of the past as well as a contemporary interpretation. Britannia stands facing into the wind, a trident planted into the rocks as the waves crashes around her. On her arm she holds a shield featuring the head of a lion.
James Tottle is the designer of the 2020 Britannia collection and is best known for his dramatic ice sculptures; magnificent figures carved from large frozen blocks. In 2018, James went on to win a live ice sculpting competition with a red dragon’s head at Tatry Ice Master.
Born and brought up in South Wales, James Tottle said of his design, “I felt that a strong pose with a striking silhouette of Britannia in the foreground alongside the Union flag in the background would produce a well-balanced image; I also wanted to feature the lion so I worked it onto the shield. The image needed some movement and drama so I used crashing wave and a billowing dress to achieve this.”
|Platinum Quarter Ounce 2007 Britannia||460||Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait||ELIZABETH ' II ' D ' G REG ' FID ' DEF ' 25 ' POUNDS '|
|Platinum Quarter Ounce 2008 Britannia||250||Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait||ELIZABETH ' II D ' G REG ' FID ' DEF ' 25 ' POUNDS '|
|Platinum Quarter Ounce 2017 Platinum Wedding||897||ELIZABETH II D G REG F D · PHILIP PRINCEPS · 25 POUNDS|
|Platinum Quarter Ounce 2017 Britannia||538||Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait||ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 25 POUNDS ·|
|Platinum Quarter Ounce 2018 Prince Charles||193||Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait||ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 2018 · 25 POUNDS ·|
|Platinum Quarter Ounce 2018 Britannia||368||Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait||ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 25 POUNDS ·|
|Platinum Quarter Ounce 2019 Britannia||250||Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait||ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 25 POUNDS ·|
|Platinum Quarter Ounce 2020 Britannia||160||Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait||ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 25 POUNDS ·|
|Platinum Quarter Ounce 2021 Britannia||160||Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait||ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 25 POUNDS ·|
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|Coin Type||Platinum Quarter Ounce (1/4 oz)|
|Monarch||Queen Elizabeth II|
|Effigy||Queen Elizabeth II - Portrait by Jody Clark (Fifth Portrait)|
|Face Value||25 (x Pound)|
|Orientation||Medal Alignment (Axis 0)|
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|2020 Britannia Quarter-Ounce Platinum Proof Coin
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