Silver Half Ounce 2016 Britannia, Coin from United Kingdom - detailed information

Silver Half Ounce 2016 Britannia, Coin from United Kingdom
CoinSilver Half Ounce 2016 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.

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.

The 2016 design shows a proud, patriotic Britannia with the British lion at her feet, a familiar pairing in popular history. With Britannia representing the nation, the lion is often used to depict the courage and strength of the British people. The lion is at rest, ready to rise at her command to the defence of the realm.

Sculptor Suzie Zamit is the first woman to have designed a coin featuring Britannia, the iconic female symbol of Britain. The 2016 Britannia is her third design for The Royal Mint, following her design for the 2010 Britannia coin range and the 2009 Charles Darwin Bicentenary £2 coin. Susie has brought her own perspective to Britannia, "the warrior queen".

“I knew it was important to make Britannia immediately recognisable but I also tried to think about how she could represent Britain in the twenty-first century. Britannia represents British liberty and democracy, especially potent in times of national insecurity, so I wanted to portray her as a strong figure, almost Amazonian, proud, patriotic and courageous. She is reminiscent of the goddess Athena, a warrior but in a protective, peace-keeping way.

The shield, a symbol of protection and security, incorporates the Union Jack and I included the lion as national symbol of courage. Visually it is very strong, beautiful and watchful and also a symbol of protection. The inclusion of wind and sea reflect the more modern, forward thinking themes of renewable and green energy.”

This half ounce silver proof coin was issued in sets only, not individually.

MintRoyal Mint Mint MarkNo mint mark Total Mintage1,300
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Obverse
United Kingdom / Silver Half Ounce 2016 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 · 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 · F · D · 1 POUND ·
Reverse
United Kingdom / Silver Half Ounce 2016 Britannia - reverse photo

The reverse shows the standing robed figure of Britannia, the female personification of Great Britain, facing right. She is wearing a crested Corinthian helmet; in her left hand she is holding a trident; her right hand rests on a shield carrying the symbol of the Union Jack on it.

At her feet, a resting lion.

Around left, the inscription BRITANNIA; around right, 1/2 oz FINE SILVER 999. Around below, the date of issue 2016.

The artist's initials SZ (for Suzie Zamit) are below the lion's feet. The face value is on the obverse.

Reverse Inscription BRITANNIA 1/2 oz FINE SILVER 999 2016
EdgeMilledEdge InscriptionNone
Issued in Set
The Britannia 2016 Collection - Six-Coin Silver Proof Set, mintage 1,050
6 coins: £2 (1oz), £1 (1/2oz), 50p (1/4oz), 20p (1/10oz), 10p (1/20oz), 5p (1/40oz)
The Britannia 2016 Collection - Five-Coin Silver Proof Set, mintage 250
5 coins: £2 (1oz), £1 (1/2oz), 50p (1/4oz), 20p (1/10oz), 10p (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 (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 (Proof version)
- 1/2 oz silver
- 1/4 oz silver
- 1/10th oz silver
- 1/20th oz silver
- 1/40th oz silver

Silver Half Ounce 2016 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 2016 Britannia: Details
CountryUnited Kingdom
CurrencyPound Sterling
Coin TypeSilver Half Ounce (1/2 oz) Britannia
Issued2016
MonarchQueen Elizabeth II
EffigyQueen Elizabeth II - Portrait by Jody Clark (Fifth Portrait)
ReverseBritannia, Standing
Face Value1 (x Pound)
Total Mintage1,300
CurrentYes
Material0.999 Silver
DesignerSuzie Zamit
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size27.000 mm
Mass15.710 g
OCC IDBVYX-EWRC-LAQP-OJZN
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