Silver Tenth-Ounce 2003 Britannia, Coin from United Kingdom - detailed information

Silver Tenth-Ounce 2003 Britannia, Coin from United Kingdom
CoinSilver Tenth-Ounce 2003 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 2003 bear a new reverse design, the fourth image of Britannia by Philip Nathan. It depicts Britannia wearing a helmet in her brave defence of British shores. Britannia's image is steeped in history, having featured on a coin of every British monarch since the reign of King Charles II. The design is further enhanced by a mighty rolling wave, symbolising Britain's proud naval history - from Alfred the Great to the present day.

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 Mintage4,848
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Obverse
United Kingdom / Silver Tenth-Ounce 2003 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
United Kingdom / Silver Tenth-Ounce 2003 Britannia - reverse photo

Within a toothed border, the portrait of Britannia - the female personification of Great Britain, facing left; her helmet is pushed back to reveal her face. Overlaid on that, a pattern of waves.

Vertically to the left of her, the inscription BRITANNIA. To her right, also vertical, in three lines TENTH OUNCE FINE SILVER; the date of issue 2003 is horizontal below this.

The artist's initials PN (Philip Nathan) are in relief in small letters in the lower right field.

Reverse Inscription BRITANNIA TENTH OUNCE FINE SILVER 2003
EdgeMilledEdge InscriptionNone
Notes

1,179 individual coins, plus 3,669 coins in sets.

Issued in Set
2003 Britannia Silver Proof Collection, mintage 3,669
4 coins: £2 (1oz), £1 (1/2oz), 50p (1/4oz), 20p (1/10oz)
Silver Tenth-Ounce 2003 Britannia: References to Information Used
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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 2003 Britannia: Details
CountryUnited Kingdom
CurrencyPound Sterling
Coin TypeSilver Tenth-Ounce (1/10 oz)
Issued2003
MonarchQueen Elizabeth II
EffigyQueen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait, by Ian Rank-Broadley
ReverseBritannia, Seated
Face Value20 (x Penny)
Total Mintage4,848
CurrentYes
Material0.958 Silver
DesignerPhilip Nathan
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size16.500 mm
Mass3.240 g
OCC IDBYNK-EDDC-MRKA-EPQM
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Silver Tenth-Ounce 2003 Britannia: Photos
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2003 20p Britannia
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2003 20p Britannia
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Silver Tenth-Ounce 2003 Britannia: Catalogue Reference IDs
SourceReference ID
Spink, Coins of England and the United KingdomBC4 (was 4532)
Krause, Standard Catalog of World CoinsGreat Britain KM# 1044