Silver Quarter Ounce 1997 Britannia, Coin from United Kingdom - detailed information

Silver Quarter Ounce 1997 Britannia, Coin from United Kingdom
CoinSilver Quarter Ounce 1997 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 quarter ounce silver piece is officially denominated as 50 pence). There is also a five-ounce coin of face value £10.

1997 was the tenth year of the Britannia bullion coins range, and the first issue of silver Britannias (they were only gold before). The anniversary edition was marked by a new design, known as The Charioteer, where Britannia is depicted standing whilst driving a two-horse chariot in the manner of the warrior queen Boudicca (Boadicea).

This coin was issued in Proof FDC grade in mint sets only, not individually.

MintRoyal Mint Mint MarkNo mint mark Total Mintage11,832
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Obverse
United Kingdom / Silver Quarter Ounce 1997 Britannia - obverse photo

The obverse of the coin shows the crowned bust of Queen Elizabeth II, facing right (her effigy known as the "Third Portrait"). The Queen is wearing the royal diadem which she wears on her way to and from the State Opening of Parliament, a pearl necklace and earrings.

Incuse in tiny letters on the neck truncation, the designer's initials RDM (for Raphael David Maklouf).

Around, the monarch's legend: ELIZABETH ' II ' DEI ' GRATIA ' REGINA ' F ' D ' 50 PENCE '. Translated from Latin: Elizabeth the Second, by the Grace of God, Queen, Defender of the Faith.

Obverse Inscription ELIZABETH ' II ' DEI ' GRATIA ' REGINA ' F ' D ' 50 PENCE '
Reverse
United Kingdom / Silver Quarter Ounce 1997 Britannia - reverse photo

At centre, the standing figure of Britannia riding in a chariot drawn by two horses, holding the reins in her right hand and a trident in her left. She is wearing a Corinthian helmet, pushed back.

Around above, the inscription QUARTER ' OUNCE ' FINE ' SILVER ', and the date 1997. Around below, BRITANNIA.

The artist's initials PN (for Philip Nathan) are in the left field, above and behind the chariot wheel.

Reverse Inscription QUARTER ' OUNCE ' FINE ' SILVER ' 1997 BRITANNIA
EdgeMilledEdge InscriptionNone
Issued in Set
1997 Britannia Silver Proof Collection, mintage 11,832
4 coins: £2 (1oz), £1 (1/2oz), 50p (1/4oz), 20p (1/10oz)
Silver Quarter Ounce 1997 Britannia: References to Information Used
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Spink, Coins of England and the United Kingdom Mintage
All (33) coins of type: Silver Quarter Ounce (1/4 oz)
Coin NameMintageEffigyLegend
Silver Quarter Ounce 1997 Britannia 11,832 Queen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait ELIZABETH ' II ' DEI ' GRATIA ' REGINA ' F ' D ' 50 PENCE '
Silver Quarter Ounce 1998 Britannia 3,044 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH ' II ' D ' G REG ' FID ' DEF ' 50 ' PENCE '
Silver Quarter Ounce 2001 Britannia 4,596 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH ' II ' D ' G REG ' FID ' DEF ' 50 ' PENCE '
Silver Quarter Ounce 2003 Britannia 3,669 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH ' II ' D ' G REG ' FID ' DEF ' 50 ' PENCE '
Silver Quarter Ounce 2005 Britannia 2,360 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH ' II ' D ' G REG ' FID ' DEF ' 50 ' PENCE '
Silver Quarter Ounce 2007 Britannia 2,500 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH ' II ' D ' G REG ' FID ' DEF ' 50 ' PENCE '
Silver Quarter Ounce 2008 Britannia 2,500 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH ' II D ' G REG ' FID ' DEF ' 50 ' PENCE '
Silver Quarter Ounce 2009 Britannia 2,500 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH ' II ' D ' G REG ' FID ' DEF ' 50 ' PENCE '
Silver Quarter Ounce 2010 Britannia 3,497 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH ' II ' D ' G REG ' FID ' DEF ' 50 ' PENCE '
Silver Quarter Ounce 2011 Britannia 2,483 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH ' II ' D ' G REG ' FID ' DEF ' 50 ' PENCE '
Silver Quarter Ounce 2012 Britannia 2,595 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH ' II ' D ' G REG ' FID ' DEF ' 50 ' PENCE '
Silver Quarter Ounce 2013 Britannia unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH ' II ' D ' G REG ' FID ' DEF ' 50 ' PENCE
Silver Quarter Ounce 2013 Britannia, Proof 3,087 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH ' II ' D ' G REG ' FID ' DEF ' 50 ' PENCE '
Silver Quarter Ounce 2014 Britannia 19,248 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH ' II ' D ' G REG ' FID ' DEF ' 50 ' PENCE
Silver Quarter Ounce 2014 Britannia, Proof 2,285 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH ' II ' D ' G REG ' FID ' DEF ' 50 ' PENCE '
Silver Quarter Ounce 2015 Britannia 1,559 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 50 PENCE ·
Silver Quarter Ounce 2016 Britannia 1,300 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 50 PENCE ·
Silver Quarter Ounce 2017 Britannia 1,347 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 50 PENCE ·
Silver Quarter Ounce 2018 Britannia unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 50 PENCE ·
Silver Quarter Ounce 2019 Britannia unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 50 PENCE ·
Silver Quarter Ounce 2020 Britannia unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 50 PENCE ·
Silver Quarter Ounce 2021 Britannia, Proof unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 50 PENCE ·
Silver Quarter Ounce 2021 Britannia, Bullion unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 50 PENCE ·
Silver Quarter Ounce 2021 Lion of England 1,250 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 50 PENCE ·
Silver Quarter Ounce 2021 Unicorn of Scotland 1,250 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 50 PENCE ·
Silver Quarter Ounce 2021 Red Dragon of Wales 1,250 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 50 PENCE ·
Silver Quarter Ounce 2021 Black Bull of Clarence 1,250 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 50 PENCE ·
Silver Quarter Ounce 2021 Falcon of the Plantagenets 1,250 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 50 PENCE ·
Silver Quarter Ounce 2021 Yale of Beaufort 1,250 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 50 PENCE ·
Silver Ounce 2021 White Lion of Mortimer 1,250 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 50 PENCE ·
Silver Quarter Ounce 2021 White Horse of Hanover 1,250 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 50 PENCE ·
Silver Quarter Ounce 2021 White Greyhound of Richmond 1,250 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 50 PENCE ·
Silver Quarter Ounce 2021 Griffin of Edward III 1,250 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 50 PENCE ·
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Silver Quarter Ounce 1997 Britannia: Details
CountryUnited Kingdom
CurrencyPound Sterling
Coin TypeSilver Quarter Ounce (1/4 oz), Britannia
Issued1997
MonarchQueen Elizabeth II
EffigyQueen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait, by Raphael Maklouf
ReverseBritannia, Standing
Face Value50 (x Penny)
Total Mintage11,832
CurrentYes
Material0.958 Silver
DesignerPhilip Nathan
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size22.000 mm
Mass8.114 g
OCC IDRWKZ-EJNC-LMJN-EXGL
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Silver Quarter Ounce 1997 Britannia: Catalogue Reference IDs
SourceReference ID
Spink, Coins of England and the United KingdomBD1 (was 4300B)
Krause, Standard Catalog of World CoinsGreat Britain KM# 979