Silver Quarter Ounce 2008 Britannia, Coin from United Kingdom - detailed information

Silver Quarter Ounce 2008 Britannia, Coin from United Kingdom
CoinSilver Quarter Ounce 2008 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.

The coins of the Britannia range in 2008 bear a new reverse design, this time by artist John Bergdahl, featuring Britannia on the beach, with her robes morphing into a giant waves, and a lighthouse in the background reminiscent of British pre-decimal designs.

The Royal Mint says:
"A new standing portrait of Britannia has been created for the coins of 2008 and is the work of John Bergdahl who wanted to convey a sense of Britannia being at one with the wind and sea and to make her seem elemental. He also wanted to incorporate traditional motifs, like the lighthouse, which have long been associated with Britannia in coin designs. Britannia here is shown to be maiden-like and innocent while at the same time being a warrior princess."

The quarter-ounce (1/4oz) silver coin was issued in mint sets in Proof FDC grade only, and not individually.

MintRoyal Mint Mint MarkNo mint mark Total Mintage2,500
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Obverse
United Kingdom / Silver Quarter Ounce 2008 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 ' 50 ' 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 ' 50 ' PENCE '
Reverse
United Kingdom / Silver Quarter Ounce 2008 Britannia - reverse photo

At centre, the standing figure of Britannia facing right, holding a trident in her right hand and with a shield at her left side, decorated with the cross of the Union Jack with "heraldic stripes" indicating its colours. She wears a crested Corinthian helmet, pushed back to reveal her face. The fold of her dress transform into a wave. There is a lighthouse to the right.

Around above left, the inscription BRITANNIA, and the date 2008 above right. Around below, · 1/4 OUNCE FINE SILVER ·.

The artist's initials JB (for John Bergdahl) are incuse in the rocks under the lighthouse.

Reverse Inscription BRITANNIA 2008 · 1/4 OUNCE FINE SILVER ·
EdgeMilledEdge InscriptionNone
Issued in Set
The 2008 UK Britannia Four-Coin Silver Proof Set, mintage 2,500
4 coins: £2 (1oz), £1 (1/2oz), 50p (1/4oz), 20p (1/10oz)
See also

This reverse design was issued in a variety of formats:
- 1 oz platinum
- 1/2 oz platinum
- 1/4 oz platinum
- 1/10 oz platinum
- 1 oz gold
- 1/2 oz gold
- 1/4 oz gold
- 1/10 oz gold
- 1 oz silver
- 1/2 oz silver
- 1/4 oz silver
- 1/10 oz silver

Silver Quarter Ounce 2008 Britannia: References to Information Used
SourceEditionAboutLinkNotes
Royal Mint Mintage link
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 2008 Britannia: Details
CountryUnited Kingdom
CurrencyPound Sterling
Coin TypeSilver Quarter Ounce (1/4 oz), Britannia
Issued2008
MonarchQueen Elizabeth II
EffigyQueen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait, by Ian Rank-Broadley
ReverseBritannia, Standing
Face Value50 (x Penny)
Total Mintage2,500
CurrentYes
Material0.958 Silver
DesignerJohn Bergdahl
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size22.000 mm
Mass8.110 g
OCC IDBVYX-OWRC-LQNA-EJZN
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Silver Quarter Ounce 2008 Britannia: Photos
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2008 20p Britannia
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Silver Quarter Ounce 2008 Britannia: Catalogue Reference IDs
SourceReference ID
Spink, Coins of England and the United KingdomBD7 (was 4525)
Krause, Standard Catalog of World CoinsGreat Britain KM# 1096