Silver Quarter Ounce 2023 Britannia, Bullion (Queen Elizabeth II), Coin from United Kingdom - detailed information

Silver Quarter Ounce 2023 Britannia, Bullion (Queen Elizabeth II), Coin from United Kingdom
CoinSilver Quarter Ounce 2023 Britannia, Bullion (Queen Elizabeth II)

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.

After 2013, the proof versions of the coin feature a different design each year, while the bullion versions of the coin - such as this one - have the classic, or "definitive" Standing Britannia reverse design.

The Royal Mint says about the coin;
Britannia has long featured on British coins and has evolved through the ages to reflect the nation she represents. In 1987, a stunning incarnation of Britannia was created by sculptor Philip Nathan for a new bullion coin. His Britannia was bold and beautiful and presented with carefully chosen symbols to reflect the nation’s values - a shield for protection, an olive branch for peace and a trident for her maritime links. The internationally recognised design is so highly regarded that only The Royal Mint is able to strike genuine Britannia coins featuring Philip Nathan’s interpretation of the icon. His design is as beautiful as ever and features on this quarter-ounce coin, struck in 999 fine silver and enhanced by The Royal Mint’s bullion finish.

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Obverse
United Kingdom / Silver Quarter Ounce 2023 Britannia, Bullion (Queen Elizabeth II) - 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 · 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.

The obverse has a textured background ("guilloche" geometric pattern).

Obverse Inscription ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 50 PENCE ·
Reverse
United Kingdom / Silver Quarter Ounce 2023 Britannia, Bullion (Queen Elizabeth II) - reverse photo

At centre, the standing figure of Britannia - the female personification of Great Britain, facing left, with flowing robes, wearing a crested Corinthian helmet pushed back to reveal her face. She is holding a trident in her right hand; her left hand rests on a shield decorated with the cross of the Union Jack, and holds an olive branch. She is standing on a rock, with sea waves in the background.

Around, interrupted by the trident, the inscription ' BRITANNIA ' 2023 ' 1/4 oz ' 999 ' FINE ' SILVER '.

The artist's surname NATHAN (Philip Nathan) is in relief in small letters on the rock under Britannia's feet.

Reverse Inscription ' BRITANNIA ' 2023 ' 1/4 oz ' 999 ' FINE ' SILVER '
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Notes

Finish: bullion (Brilliant Uncirculated)
Packaging: in 20-coin tubes.
Issue date: 6 October 2022.

This is the last Britannia issue featuring the fifth and final effigy of Queen Elizabeth II. Owing to the unfortunate tendency of some mints - the Royal Mint included - to issue future-dated coins, this coin is not exactly an error coin (considering that it was released like this intentionally) but is not right either. It is dated 2023, but features the effigy of Queen Elizabeth II who died in September 2022; the coin should have carried the portrait of King Charles III instead.

In late 2023, Britannia silver quarter ounce coins featuring the effigy of King Charles III were also released.

See also

Coins from the Britannia 2023 range (different designs for Bullion and Proof):
- 1 oz Platinum Bullion (£100), King Charles III, Britannia 2023
- 1/4 oz Platinum Proof (£25), King Charles III, Britannia 2023
- 1/10 oz Platinum Bullion (£100), King Charles III, Britannia 2023
- 5 oz Gold Proof (£500), King Charles III, Britannia 2023
- 2 oz Gold Proof (£500), King Charles III, Britannia 2023
- 1 oz Gold Bullion (£100), Queen Elizabeth II, Britannia 2023
- 1 oz Gold Bullion (£100), King Charles III, Britannia 2023
- 1 oz Gold Bullion (£100), King Charles III Coronation (crowned effigy), Britannia 2023
- 1 oz Gold Proof (£100), King Charles III, Britannia 2023
- 1/2 oz Gold Bullion (£50), Queen Elizabeth II, Britannia 2023
- 1/2 oz Gold Bullion (£50), King Charles III, Britannia 2023
- 1/2 oz Gold Proof (£50), King Charles III, Britannia 2023
- 1/4 oz Gold Bullion (£25), Queen Elizabeth II, Britannia 2023
- 1/4 oz Gold Bullion (£25), King Charles III, Britannia 2023
- 1/4 oz Gold Proof (£25), King Charles III, Britannia 2023
- 1/10 oz Gold Bullion (£10), Queen Elizabeth II, Britannia 2023
- 1/10 oz Gold Bullion (£10), King Charles III, Britannia 2023
- 1/10 oz Gold Proof (£10), King Charles III, Britannia 2023
- 1/20 oz Gold Proof (£1), King Charles III, Britannia 2023
- 1/40 oz Gold Proof (50p), King Charles III, Britannia 2023
- 1 kg Silver Bullion (£500), Queen Elizabeth II, Britannia 2023
- 1 kg Silver Bullion (£500), King Charles III, Britannia 2023
- 5 oz Silver Proof (£5), King Charles III, Britannia 2023
- 2 oz Silver Proof (£5), King Charles III, Britannia 2023
- 1 oz Silver Bullion (£2), Queen Elizabeth II, Britannia 2023
- 1 oz Silver Bullion (£2), King Charles III, Britannia 2023
- 1 oz Silver Bullion (£2), King Charles III Coronation (crowned effigy), Britannia 2023
- 1 oz Silver Proof (£2), King Charles III, Britannia 2023
- 1/2 oz Silver Proof (£1), King Charles III, Britannia 2023
- 1/4 oz Silver Bullion (50p), Queen Elizabeth II, Britannia 2023
- 1/4 oz Silver Bullion (50p), King Charles III, Britannia 2023
- 1/4 oz Silver Proof (50p), King Charles III, Britannia 2023
- 1/10 oz Silver Bullion (20p), Queen Elizabeth II, Britannia 2023
- 1/10 oz Silver Proof (20p), King Charles III, Britannia 2023
- 1/20 oz Silver Proof (10p), King Charles III, Britannia 2023
- 1/40 oz Silver Proof (5p), King Charles III, Britannia 2023

All (39) 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 1,351 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 50 PENCE ·
Silver Quarter Ounce 2018 Britannia 937 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 50 PENCE ·
Silver Quarter Ounce 2019 Britannia 999 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 50 PENCE ·
Silver Quarter Ounce 2020 Britannia 994 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 Britannia, Proof 1,100 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 50 PENCE ·
Silver Quarter Ounce 2021 Lion of England 1,340 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 50 PENCE ·
Silver Quarter Ounce 2021 Unicorn of Scotland 1,340 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 50 PENCE ·
Silver Quarter Ounce 2021 Red Dragon of Wales 1,340 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 50 PENCE ·
Silver Quarter Ounce 2021 Black Bull of Clarence 1,340 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 50 PENCE ·
Silver Quarter Ounce 2021 Falcon of the Plantagenets 1,340 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 50 PENCE ·
Silver Quarter Ounce 2021 Yale of Beaufort 1,340 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 50 PENCE ·
Silver Ounce 2021 White Lion of Mortimer 1,340 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 50 PENCE ·
Silver Quarter Ounce 2021 White Horse of Hanover 1,340 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 50 PENCE ·
Silver Quarter Ounce 2021 White Greyhound of Richmond 1,340 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 50 PENCE ·
Silver Quarter Ounce 2021 Griffin of Edward III 1,340 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 50 PENCE ·
Silver Quarter Ounce 2022 Britannia 1,298 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 50 PENCE ·
Silver Quarter Ounce 2023 Britannia, Bullion (Queen Elizabeth II) unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 50 PENCE ·
Silver Quarter Ounce 2023 Britannia, Bullion (King Charles III) unknown King Charles III - First Portrait CHARLES III · D · G · REX · F · D · 50 PENCE ·
Silver Quarter Ounce 2023 Britannia, Proof 950 King Charles III - First Portrait CHARLES III · D · G · REX · F · D · 50 PENCE · 2023 ·
Silver Quarter Ounce 2024 Britannia, Bullion unknown King Charles III - First Portrait CHARLES III · D · G · REX · F · D · 50 PENCE ·
Silver Quarter Ounce 2024 Britannia, Proof (2,250) King Charles III - First Portrait CHARLES III · D · G · REX · F · D · 50 PENCE · 2024 ·
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Silver Quarter Ounce 2023 Britannia, Bullion (Queen Elizabeth II): Details
CountryUnited Kingdom
CurrencyPound Sterling
Coin TypeSilver Quarter Ounce (1/4 oz), Britannia
Issued2023
MonarchKing Charles III
EffigyQueen Elizabeth II - Portrait by Jody Clark (Fifth Portrait)
ReverseBritannia, Standing
Face Value50 (x Penny)
Mintageunknown
CurrentYes
Material0.999 Silver
DesignerPhilip Nathan
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size22.0000 mm
Mass7.8600 g
OCC IDYRVP-EVRC-MWGN-EDQG
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