Silver Fortieth-Ounce 2014 Britannia, Coin from United Kingdom - detailed information

Silver Fortieth-Ounce 2014 Britannia, Coin from United Kingdom
CoinSilver Fortieth-Ounce 2014 Britannia

Britannia coins are British bullion coins issued by the Royal Mint in gold since 1987 and in silver since 1997.

The original Britannia silver coins contain one troy ounce (1 oz) of silver and have a face value of £2. Silver Britannias are also issued in fractional sizes of one-half, one-quarter, one-tenth, 1/20th and 1/40th of a troy ounce and with face values of £1, 50p, 20p, 10p and 5p respectively (that is, the fortieth-ounce silver piece is officially denominated as 5 pence). There is also a five-ounce coin of face value £10.

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 fortieth-ounce silver proof coin was issued in sets only, not individually.

MintRoyal Mint Mint MarkNo mint mark Total Mintage2,733
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Obverse
United Kingdom / Silver Fortieth-Ounce 2014 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 ' 5 ' PENCE '. 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 ' 5 ' PENCE '
Reverse
United Kingdom / Silver Fortieth-Ounce 2014 Britannia - 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; around right, 1/40 oz FINE SILVER. 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 1/40 oz FINE SILVER 2014
EdgeMilledEdge InscriptionNone
Issued in Set
The Britannia 2014 Collection - Six-Coin Silver Proof Set, mintage 1,735
6 coins: £2 (1oz), £1 (1/2oz), 50p (1/4oz), 20p (1/10oz), 10p (1/20oz), 5p (1/40oz)
The Britannia 2014 Collection - Three-Coin Silver Proof Set, mintage 998
3 coins: 20p (1/10oz), 10p (1/20oz), 5p (1/40oz)
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

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Silver Fortieth-Ounce 2014 Britannia: Details
CountryUnited Kingdom
CurrencyPound Sterling
Coin TypeSilver Fortieth-Ounce (1/40 oz)
Issued2014
MonarchQueen Elizabeth II
EffigyQueen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait, by Ian Rank-Broadley
ReverseBritannia, Standing
Face Value5 (x Penny)
Total Mintage2,733
CurrentYes
Material0.999 Silver
DesignerJody Clark
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size8.000 mm
Mass0.800 g
OCC IDRNAZ-OGWC-VDLP-OXJL
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