|Coin||Silver 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.
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.
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.
826 individual coins, plus 4,596 coins in sets.