Silver Ounce 2015 Britannia (Proof), Coin from United Kingdom - detailed information

Silver Ounce 2015 Britannia (Proof), Coin from United Kingdom
CoinSilver Ounce 2015 Britannia (Proof)

Britannia coins are British bullion coins issued by the Royal Mint in gold since 1987 and in silver since 1997. These 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 design for 2015 is the first commission of Antony Dufort for the Royal Mint; his interpretation of this much-loved national figure was so admired by the Mint that it was selected for the country’s new definitive bimetallic circulating £2 introduced the same year. The icon wears her familiar Corinthian helmet and holds the trident, a symbolic reminder of Britain’s maritime might. The version for the silver and gold proofs is given more details than the one on circulating coinage; there is a backdrop of a sailing ship with billowing sails, cliffs and a lighthouse - a nod to the pre-decimal penny and halfpenny designs.

This one ounce silver proof coin was issued individually and in sets.

MintRoyal Mint Mint MarkNo mint mark Total Mintage5,799
Obverse
United Kingdom / Silver Ounce 2015 Britannia (Proof) - obverse photo

Crowned old head of Queen Elizabeth II facing right, wearing the Royal Diamond Diadem crown worn for her Coronation (effigy known as the "Fifth Portrait"). Running continuously around the effigy is the monarch's legend: ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 2 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.

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

Obverse Inscription ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 2 POUNDS ·
Reverse
United Kingdom / Silver Ounce 2015 Britannia (Proof) - reverse photo

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

In the background, cliffs and a lighthouse to left, a sailing ship to right.

Around left, the inscription 1 oz FINE SILVER 999 2015; around right, BRITANNIA.

The artist's initials A.D. (for Antony Dufort) are around below right, facing the opposite way to BRITANNIA.

Reverse Inscription 1 oz FINE SILVER 999 2015 BRITANNIA
EdgeMilledEdge InscriptionNone
Notes

4,240 individual coins (1,250 first strikes and 2,990 others), plus coins in sets.

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
- 1/20th oz gold
- 1/40th oz gold
- 5 oz silver
- 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

Issued in Set
The Britannia 2015 Collection - Six-Coin Silver Proof Set, mintage 1,009
6 coins: £2 (1oz), £1 (1/2oz), 50p (1/4oz), 20p (1/10oz), 10p (1/20oz), 5p (1/40oz)
The Britannia 2015 Collection - Five-Coin Silver Proof Set, mintage 550
5 coins: £2 (1oz), £1 (1/2oz), 50p (1/4oz), 20p (1/10oz), 10p (1/20oz)
Silver Ounce 2015 Britannia (Proof): Known varieties
Variety First Strike
Mintage 1,250 (included in total)
Silver Ounce 2015 Britannia (Proof): References to Information Used
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All (27) Coins of Country: United Kingdom, Type: Silver Ounce (1 oz)
Coin NameMintageEffigyLegend
Silver Ounce Britannia 1997 16,005 Portrait by Raphael Maklouf (Third Portrait) ELIZABETH ' II ' DEI ' GRATIA ' REGINA ' F ' D ' 2 POUNDS '
Silver Ounce 1998 Britannia 94,121 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH ' II ' D ' G REG ' FID ' DEF ' 2 ' POUNDS '
Silver Ounce Britannia 1999 69,394 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH ' II ' D ' G REG ' FID ' DEF ' 2 ' POUNDS '
Silver Ounce Britannia 2008 103,682 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH ' II D ' G REG ' FID ' DEF ' 2 ' POUNDS
Silver Ounce Britannia 2009 106,784 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH ' II D ' G REG ' FID ' DEF ' 2 ' POUNDS
Silver Ounce 2013 Britannia (Proof) 9,442 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH ' II ' D ' G REG ' FID ' DEF ' 2 ' POUNDS '
Silver Ounce 2014 Britannia (Proof) 5,266 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH ' II ' D ' G REG ' FID ' DEF ' 2 ' POUNDS '
Silver Ounce 2015 Britannia (Proof) 5,799 Portrait by Jody Clark (Fifth Portrait) ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 2 POUNDS ·
Silver Ounce 2016 Britannia (Proof) 9,944 Portrait by Jody Clark (Fifth Portrait) ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 2 POUNDS ·
Silver Ounce 2016 Shakespeare 999 Portrait by Jody Clark (Fifth Portrait) ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 2 POUNDS ·
Silver Ounce 2017 Lion of England 8,376 Portrait by Jody Clark (Fifth Portrait) ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 2 POUNDS ·
Silver Ounce 2017 Big Ben unknown Portrait by Jody Clark (Fifth Portrait) ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 2 POUNDS ·
Silver Ounce 2017 Britannia (Proof) 7,552 Portrait by Jody Clark (Fifth Portrait) ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 2 POUNDS ·
Silver Ounce 2017 Unicorn of Scotland 5,952 Portrait by Jody Clark (Fifth Portrait) ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 2 POUNDS ·
Silver Ounce 2018 Britannia (Proof) unknown Portrait by Jody Clark (Fifth Portrait) ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 2 POUNDS ·
Silver Ounce 2018 Tower Bridge unknown Portrait by Jody Clark (Fifth Portrait) ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 2 POUNDS ·
Silver Ounce 2018 Trafalgar Square unknown Portrait by Jody Clark (Fifth Portrait) ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 2 POUNDS ·
Silver Ounce 2019 The Valiant unknown Portrait by Jody Clark (Fifth Portrait) ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 2 POUNDS ·
Silver Ounce 2019 Buckingham Palace unknown Portrait by Jody Clark (Fifth Portrait) ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 2 POUNDS ·
Silver Ounce 2019 Britannia (Proof) unknown Portrait by Jody Clark (Fifth Portrait) ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 2 POUNDS ·
Silver Ounce 2020 Britannia (Proof) unknown Portrait by Jody Clark (Fifth Portrait) ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 2 POUNDS ·
Silver Ounce 2020 Music Legends - Queen unknown Portrait by Jody Clark (Fifth Portrait) ELIZABETH II · D · G REG · F · D · 2 POUNDS · 2020 ·
Silver Ounce 2020 Bond, James Bond unknown Portrait by Jody Clark (Fifth Portrait) ELIZABETH II · D · G REG · F · D · 2 POUNDS · 2020 ·
Silver Ounce 2020 James Bond, Pay Attention unknown Portrait by Jody Clark (Fifth Portrait) ELIZABETH II · D · G REG · F · D · 2 POUNDS · 2020 ·
Silver Ounce 2020 James Bond, Shaken not Stirred unknown Portrait by Jody Clark (Fifth Portrait) ELIZABETH II · D · G REG · F · D · 2 POUNDS · 2020 ·
Silver Ounce 2020 The Valiant unknown Portrait by Jody Clark (Fifth Portrait) ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 2 POUNDS ·
Silver Ounce 2020 Music Legends - Queen (Bullion) unknown Portrait by Jody Clark (Fifth Portrait) ELIZABETH II · D · G REG · F · D · 2 POUNDS ·
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Silver Ounce 2015 Britannia (Proof): Details
CountryUnited Kingdom
CurrencyPound Sterling
Coin TypeSilver Ounce (1 oz) Britannia
Issued2015
MonarchQueen Elizabeth II
EffigyPortrait by Jody Clark (Fifth Portrait)
ReverseBritannia
Face Value2 (x Pound)
Total Mintage5,799
CurrentYes
Material0.999 Silver
DesignerAntony Dufort
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size (mm)38.6100
Thickness (mm)3
Mass (g)31.2100
OCC IDBYNK-EDDC-MQNQ-EPQM
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