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

Silver Tenth-Ounce 1997 Britannia, Coin from United Kingdom
CoinSilver Tenth-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 tenth-ounce silver piece is officially denominated as 20 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 individually and in mint sets, in Proof FDC grade only.

MintRoyal Mint Mint MarkNo mint mark Total Mintage20,518
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Obverse
United Kingdom / Silver Tenth-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 ' 20 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 ' 20 PENCE '
Reverse
United Kingdom / Silver Tenth-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 TENTH ' 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 TENTH ' OUNCE ' FINE ' SILVER ' 1997 BRITANNIA
EdgeMilledEdge InscriptionNone
Notes

8,686 individual coins, plus 11,832 coins in sets.

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 Tenth-Ounce 1997 Britannia: References to Information Used
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Spink, Coins of England and the United Kingdom Mintage
All (22) coins of type: Silver Tenth-Ounce (1/10 oz)
Coin NameMintageEffigyLegend
Silver Tenth-Ounce 1997 Britannia 20,518 Queen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait ELIZABETH ' II ' DEI ' GRATIA ' REGINA ' F ' D ' 20 PENCE '
Silver Tenth-Ounce 1998 Britannia 5,768 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH ' II ' D ' G REG ' FID ' DEF ' 20 ' PENCE '
Silver Tenth-Ounce 2001 Britannia 5,422 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH ' II ' D ' G REG ' FID ' DEF ' 20 ' PENCE '
Silver Tenth-Ounce 2003 Britannia 4,848 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH ' II ' D ' G REG ' FID ' DEF ' 20 ' PENCE '
Silver Tenth-Ounce 2005 Britannia 3,273 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH ' II ' D ' G REG ' FID ' DEF ' 20 ' PENCE '
Silver Tenth-Ounce 2006 Britannia unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH ' II ' D ' G REG ' FID ' DEF ' 20 ' PENCE '
Silver Tenth-Ounce 2007 Britannia 3,401 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH ' II ' D ' G REG ' FID ' DEF ' 20 ' PENCE '
Silver Tenth-Ounce 2008 Britannia 3,225 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH ' II D ' G REG ' FID ' DEF ' 20 ' PENCE '
Silver Tenth-Ounce 2009 Britannia 3,500 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH ' II ' D ' G REG ' FID ' DEF ' 20 ' PENCE '
Silver Tenth-Ounce 2010 Britannia 4,486 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH ' II ' D ' G REG ' FID ' DEF ' 20 ' PENCE '
Silver Tenth-Ounce 2011 Britannia 2,483 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH ' II ' D ' G REG ' FID ' DEF ' 20 ' PENCE '
Silver Tenth-Ounce 2012 Britannia 2,595 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH ' II ' D ' G REG ' FID ' DEF ' 20 ' PENCE '
Silver Tenth-Ounce 2013 Britannia 3,087 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH ' II ' D ' G REG ' FID ' DEF ' 20 ' PENCE '
Silver Tenth-Ounce 2014 Britannia 3,283 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH ' II ' D ' G REG ' FID ' DEF ' 20 ' PENCE '
Silver Tenth-Ounce 2015 Britannia 1,559 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 20 PENCE ·
Silver Tenth-Ounce 2016 Britannia 1,300 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 20 PENCE ·
Silver Tenth-Ounce 2017 Britannia 1,347 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 20 PENCE ·
Silver Tenth-Ounce 2018 Britannia unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 20 PENCE ·
Silver Tenth-Ounce 2019 Britannia unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 20 PENCE ·
Silver Tenth-Ounce 2020 Britannia unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 20 PENCE ·
Silver Tenth-Ounce 2021 Britannia, Proof unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 20 PENCE ·
Silver Tenth-Ounce 2021 Britannia, Bullion unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 20 PENCE ·
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Silver Tenth-Ounce 1997 Britannia: Details
CountryUnited Kingdom
CurrencyPound Sterling
Coin TypeSilver Tenth-Ounce (1/10 oz)
Issued1997
MonarchQueen Elizabeth II
EffigyQueen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait, by Raphael Maklouf
ReverseBritannia, Standing
Face Value20 (x Penny)
Total Mintage20,518
CurrentYes
Material0.958 Silver
DesignerPhilip Nathan
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size16.500 mm
Mass3.240 g
OCC IDQRAP-OBNC-ARWM-OYJD
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