Silver Half Ounce 2005 Britannia, Coin from United Kingdom - detailed information

Silver Half Ounce 2005 Britannia, Coin from United Kingdom
CoinSilver Half Ounce 2005 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. There is also a five-ounce coin of face value £10.

The coins of the Britannia range in 2005 bear a new reverse design, the fifth image of Britannia by Philip Nathan. On it, Britannia is shown seated, similar to the personification of Britannia originally used on coins of the Roman Emperor Claudius, and then on British halfpennies and farthings since 1672.

According to the official announcement:
"To continue the Britannia series, the Royal Mint again looked to award winning sculptor Philip Nathan. His new Britannia, the fifth since the bullion coins were introduced in 1987, shows Britannia in more traditional pose. Ever watchful, she sits at the seashore, her helmet and robes harking back to her Roman roots and her trident and shield recalling her great maritime history."

The half-ounce (1/2oz) silver coin was only issued in mint sets in Proof FDC grade, and not individually.

MintRoyal Mint Mint MarkNo mint mark Total Mintage2,360
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Obverse
United Kingdom / Silver Half Ounce 2005 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 / Silver Half Ounce 2005 Britannia - reverse photo

At centre, the seated figure of Britannia - the female personification of Great Britain, facing left; her helmet is pushed back to reveal her face; the rim of her robe is decorated with a geometric pattern. Her right hand rests on a shield curved in the Celtic style, decorated with the cross of the Union Jack, with heraldic stripes denoting its colours. With her left hand she cradles a trident resting on her left shoulder. In the background, waves to the right and an oak tree to the left.

Within a toothed border, around left and right, interrupted by Britannia's helmet and trident, the inscription HALF OUNCE FINE SILVER 2005.

Below the exergue line, horizontally, BRITANNIA.

The artist's initials PN (for Philip Nathan) are in relief in small letters in the lower right field.

Reverse Inscription HALF OUNCE FINE SILVER 2005 BRITANNIA
EdgeMilledEdge InscriptionNone
Issued in Set
2005 Britannia Silver Proof Collection, mintage 2,360
4 coins: £2 (1oz), £1 (1/2oz), 50p (1/4oz), 20p (1/10oz)
Silver Half Ounce 2005 Britannia: References to Information Used
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All (45) coins of type: Silver Half Ounce (1/2 oz)
Coin NameMintageEffigyLegend
Silver Half Ounce 1997 Britannia 11,832 Queen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait ELIZABETH ' II ' DEI ' GRATIA ' REGINA ' F ' D ' 1 POUND '
Silver Half Ounce 1998 Britannia 3,044 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH ' II ' D ' G REG ' FID ' DEF ' 1 ' POUND '
Silver Half Ounce 2001 Britannia 4,596 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH ' II ' D ' G REG ' FID ' DEF ' 1 ' POUND '
Silver Half Ounce 2003 Britannia 3,669 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH ' II ' D ' G REG ' FID ' DEF ' 1 ' POUND '
Silver Half Ounce 2005 Britannia 2,360 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH ' II ' D ' G REG ' FID ' DEF ' 1 ' POUND '
Silver Half Ounce 2007 Britannia - Standing 2,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH ' II ' D ' G REG ' FID ' DEF ' 1 ' POUND '
Silver Half Ounce 2007 Britannia - Charioteer 2,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH ' II ' D ' G REG ' FID ' DEF ' 1 ' POUND '
Silver Half Ounce 2007 Britannia - Guardian 2,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH ' II ' D ' G REG ' FID ' DEF ' 1 ' POUND '
Silver Half Ounce 2007 Britannia - Waves 2,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH ' II ' D ' G REG ' FID ' DEF ' 1 ' POUND '
Silver Half Ounce 2007 Britannia - Seated 2,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH ' II ' D ' G REG ' FID ' DEF ' 1 ' POUND '
Silver Half Ounce 2007 Britannia - Wreath 4,500 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH ' II ' D ' G REG ' FID ' DEF ' 1 ' POUND '
Silver Half Ounce 2008 Britannia 2,500 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH ' II D ' G REG ' FID ' DEF ' 1 ' POUND '
Silver Half Ounce 2009 Britannia 2,500 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH ' II ' D ' G REG ' FID ' DEF ' 1 ' POUND '
Silver Half Ounce 2010 Britannia 3,497 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH ' II ' D ' G REG ' FID ' DEF ' 1 ' POUND '
Silver Half Ounce 2011 Britannia 2,483 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH ' II ' D ' G REG ' FID ' DEF ' 1 ' POUND '
Silver Half Ounce 2012 Britannia - Standing 4,251 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH ' II ' D ' G REG ' FID ' DEF ' 1 ' POUND '
Silver Half Ounce 2012 Britannia - Charioteer 1,656 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH ' II ' D ' G REG ' FID ' DEF ' 1 ' POUND '
Silver Half Ounce 2012 Britannia - Guardian 1,656 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH ' II ' D ' G REG ' FID ' DEF ' 1 ' POUND '
Silver Half Ounce 2012 Britannia - Waves 1,656 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH ' II ' D ' G REG ' FID ' DEF ' 1 ' POUND '
Silver Half Ounce 2012 Britannia - Seated 1,656 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH ' II ' D ' G REG ' FID ' DEF ' 1 ' POUND '
Silver Half Ounce 2012 Britannia - Wreath 1,656 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH ' II ' D ' G REG ' FID ' DEF ' 1 ' POUND '
Silver Half Ounce 2012 Britannia - Beachside 1,656 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH ' II D ' G REG ' FID ' DEF ' 1 ' POUND '
Silver Half Ounce 2012 Britannia - Profile 1,656 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH ' II ' D ' G REG ' FID ' DEF ' 1 ' POUND '
Silver Half Ounce 2012 Britannia - Union Jack 1,656 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH ' II ' D ' G REG ' FID ' DEF ' 1 ' POUND '
Silver Half Ounce 2013 Britannia 3,087 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH ' II ' D ' G REG ' FID ' DEF ' 1 ' POUND '
Silver Half Ounce 2014 Britannia 2,285 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH ' II ' D ' G REG ' FID ' DEF ' 1 ' POUND '
Silver Half Ounce 2015 Britannia 1,559 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 1 POUND ·
Silver Half Ounce 2016 Britannia 1,300 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 1 POUND ·
Silver Half Ounce 2017 Britannia 1,347 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 1 POUND ·
Silver Half Ounce 2018 Britannia unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 1 POUND ·
Silver Half Ounce 2019 Britannia unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 1 POUND ·
Silver Half Ounce 2020 Britannia unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 1 POUND ·
Silver Half Ounce 2020 Music Legends - Queen unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 1 POUND · 2020 ·
Silver Half Ounce 2020 Music Legends - Elton John unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 1 POUND · 2020 ·
Silver Half Ounce 2020 Music Legends - David Bowie unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 1 POUND · 2020 ·
Silver Half Ounce 2020 Bond, James Bond unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 1 POUND · 2020 ·
Silver Half Ounce 2020 James Bond, Pay Attention unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 1 POUND · 2020 ·
Silver Half Ounce 2020 James Bond, Shaken not Stirred unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 1 POUND · 2020 ·
Silver Half Ounce 2021 Britannia unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 1 POUND ·
Silver Half Ounce 2021 Mr. Men - Mr. Happy unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G REG · F · D · 1 POUND · 2021 ·
Silver Half Ounce 2021 Mr. Men - Mr. Strong and Little Miss Giggles unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 1 POUND · 2021 ·
Silver Half Ounce 2021 Mr. Men - Little Miss Sunshine unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 1 POUND · 2021 ·
Silver Half Ounce 2021 Music Legends - The Who unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 1 POUND · 2021 ·
Silver Half Ounce 2021 Alice in Wonderland unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 1 POUND · 2021 ·
Silver Half Ounce 2021 Through the Looking-Glass unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 1 POUND · 2021 ·
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Silver Half Ounce 2005 Britannia: Details
CountryUnited Kingdom
CurrencyPound Sterling
Coin TypeSilver Half Ounce (1/2 oz) Britannia
Issued2005
MonarchQueen Elizabeth II
EffigyQueen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait, by Ian Rank-Broadley
ReverseBritannia, Seated
Face Value1 (x Pound)
Total Mintage2,360
CurrentYes
Material0.958 Silver
DesignerPhilip Nathan
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size27.000 mm
Mass16.220 g
OCC IDNXYD-ONZC-WYXR-OVRB
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Silver Half Ounce 2005 Britannia: Photos
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2005 Britannia 1 Pound Half Ounce Silver Proof
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Silver Half Ounce 2005 Britannia: Catalogue Reference IDs
SourceReference ID
Spink, Coins of England and the United KingdomBE5 (was 4513)
Krause, Standard Catalog of World CoinsGreat Britain KM# 1087