Silver Twentieth-Ounce 2013 Britannia, Coin from United Kingdom - detailed information

Silver Twentieth-Ounce 2013 Britannia, Coin from United Kingdom
CoinSilver Twentieth-Ounce 2013 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 twentieth-ounce silver piece is officially denominated as 10 pence). There is also a five-ounce coin of face value £10.

Britannia as a symbol has been depicted on British coinage for centuries. The bullion series called Britannia has been issued in gold since 1987 and in silver since 1997; it has a "definitive" depiction - used on bullion coins (Brilliant Uncirculated grade), as well as one-year designs like this one - used on proofs made for collectors.

Starting in 2013, the Royal Mint made significant changes to the Britannia program. The purity of the coins was changed from the traditional 22-carat gold (91.67%) and “Britannia silver” (95.8%) to the finer purity of 99.99% gold and 99.9% silver. The typical mintage limit of 100,000 for the silver bullion coins was removed. Lastly, the bullion versions would now feature the static design of Philip Nathan’s “Standing Britannia” while the numismatic versions would feature a new design for each year of issue.

The design for this year’s numismatic versions was created by portrait sculptor Robert Hunt and features Britannia seated and dressed in classical robes, creating a familiar appearance. However, her head appears turned, symbolizing an interest in lands beyond her borders. She wears a Corinthian helmet and holds Neptune’s trident to represent her claim as “ruler of the waves.” An owl is present as a symbol of wisdom - hence the coin is known as Britannia and the Owl. The image appears solitary against an empty field with the exception of the word “BRITANNIA” at the upper left. The precious metal content and date appear at the base.

This twentieth-ounce silver proof coin was issued in sets only, not individually. This was the first year when the denomination and size was used.

MintRoyal Mint Mint MarkNo mint mark Total Mintage3,087
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United Kingdom / Silver Twentieth-Ounce 2013 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 ' 10 ' 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 ' 10 ' PENCE '
United Kingdom / Silver Twentieth-Ounce 2013 Britannia - reverse photo

The reverse shows the figure of Britannia, the female personification of Great Britain. She is seated in an Ancient Greek-style chair, turned right. She is wearing a crested Corinthian helmet; in her left hand she is holding an upright trident. An owl - the Ancient Greek symbol of wisdom normally associated with the goddess Athena - is perched on her right leg.

Around above left, the inscription BRITANNIA. Below the exergue line, 1/20 OUNCE FINE SILVER. Below that, the date of issue 2013.

Reverse Inscription BRITANNIA 1/20 OUNCE FINE SILVER 2013
EdgeMilledEdge InscriptionNone
Issued in Set
The 2013 Britannia Collection - Five-Coin Silver Proof Set, mintage 3,087
5 coins: £2 (1oz), £1 (1/2oz), 50p (1/4oz), 20p (1/10oz), 10p (1/20oz)
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This reverse design was issued in a variety of formats:
- 5 oz gold
- 1 oz gold (Proof version)
- 1/2 oz gold
- 1/4 oz gold (Proof version)
- 1/10 oz gold
- 1/20 oz gold
- 5 oz silver
- 1 oz silver (Proof version)
- 1/2 oz silver
- 1/4 oz silver (Proof version)
- 1/10 oz silver
- 1/20 oz silver

Silver Twentieth-Ounce 2013 Britannia: References to Information Used
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Silver Twentieth-Ounce 2013 Britannia: Details
CountryUnited Kingdom
CurrencyPound Sterling
Coin TypeSilver Twentieth-Ounce (1/20 oz)
MonarchQueen Elizabeth II
EffigyQueen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait, by Ian Rank-Broadley
ReverseBritannia, Seated
Face Value10 (x Penny)
Total Mintage3,087
Material0.999 Silver
DesignerRobert Hunt
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size12.000 mm
Mass1.580 g
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