Silver Tenth-Ounce 2001 Britannia, Coin from United Kingdom - detailed information

Silver Tenth-Ounce 2001 Britannia, Coin from United Kingdom
CoinSilver Tenth-Ounce 2001 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.

The coins of the Britannia range in 2001 bear a new reverse design, the third image of Britannia by Philip Nathan. It combines Britannia with the British Lion and, to make Britannia even more British, depicting her dress and helmet as North European in style rather than South European. The vertical form of the figure of Britannia is matched by the lettering, giving the name Britannia, the weight of the coin and the date 2001. The design is anchored by the lion as the two figures move purposefully forward with a sense of unity and inseparability, reminiscent of the classic Una and the Lion design created by William Wyon in 1839.

The tenth-ounce (1/10oz) silver coin was only issued in Proof FDC grade, in mint sets and as individual coins.

MintRoyal Mint Mint MarkNo mint mark Total Mintage5,422
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Obverse
United Kingdom / Silver Tenth-Ounce 2001 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 ' 20 ' 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 ' 20 ' PENCE '
Reverse

At centre, the standing figure of Britannia - the female personification of Great Britain, barefoot, advancing to left; her helmet is pushed back to reveal her face. She is holding a trident in her right hand which is vertical behind her; her left hand raises a shield decorated with the cross of the Union Jack - with "heraldic" stripes indicating its blue and red colours. Behind her, a lion advances to left together with her. The background has several lines in a wave motif.

Vertically in four lines to the left of the figure, the inscription TENTH OUNCE FINE SILVER. To her right, also vertical, in two lines separated by the trident, BRITANNIA 2001.

The artist's name P. NATHAN (Philip Nathan) is in relief in small letters in the lower left field.

Reverse Inscription TENTH OUNCE FINE SILVER BRITANNIA 2001
EdgeMilledEdge InscriptionNone
Notes

826 individual coins, plus 4,596 coins in sets.

Issued in Set
2001 Britannia Silver Proof Collection, mintage 4,596
4 coins: £2 (1oz), £1 (1/2oz), 50p (1/4oz), 20p (1/10oz)
Silver Tenth-Ounce 2001 Britannia: References to Information Used
SourceEditionAboutLinkNotes
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 2001 Britannia: Details
CountryUnited Kingdom
CurrencyPound Sterling
Coin TypeSilver Tenth-Ounce (1/10 oz)
Issued2001
MonarchQueen Elizabeth II
EffigyQueen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait, by Ian Rank-Broadley
ReverseBritannia, Standing
Face Value20 (x Penny)
Total Mintage5,422
CurrentYes
Material0.958 Silver
DesignerPhilip Nathan
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size16.500 mm
Mass3.240 g
OCC IDAPVZ-EYRC-XRDZ-OLMD
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Silver Tenth-Ounce 2001 Britannia: Catalogue Reference IDs
SourceReference ID
Spink, Coins of England and the United KingdomBC3 (was 4531)
Krause, Standard Catalog of World CoinsGreat Britain KM# 1016