Silver Twentieth-Ounce 2019 Britannia, Coin from United Kingdom - detailed information

Silver Twentieth-Ounce 2019 Britannia, Coin from United Kingdom
CoinSilver Twentieth-Ounce 2019 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 “Britannia, the Changing Face of Britain” - a series of one-year designs like this one - used on proofs made for collectors.

In 2019, designer David Lawrence offered a second interpretation of Britannia, standing boldly with a lion by her side. This is the second year in a row that he has contributed a portrait of Britannia, lending her an air of consistency as the current and previous incarnations are compared side by side.

David said of his of design, “My initial thoughts were influenced by the great engravers of the past. Their work has a classical grace and gravitas I was keen to recreate. After all, coins of the realm are a serious business. The lion had to be there somewhere, as did the shield and trident... many of the components were already decided in a way. The end result is an Anglicised version of ancient Rome.”

This twentieth-ounce silver proof coin was issued in sets only, not individually.

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Obverse
United Kingdom / Silver Twentieth-Ounce 2019 Britannia - obverse photo

The obverse of the coin depicts the crowned old head of Queen Elizabeth II facing right, wearing the Royal Diamond Diadem crown worn for her Coronation (her effigy known as the "Fifth Portrait").

In small letters below the head, the artist's initials J.C (for Jody Clark).

Running continuously around the effigy is the monarch's legend: ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 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 · F · D · 10 PENCE ·
Reverse
United Kingdom / Silver Twentieth-Ounce 2019 Britannia - reverse photo

The reverse shows the standing figure of Britannia, the female personification of Great Britain, facing right, with a lion at her feet. She is wearing a crested Corinthian helmet; in her right hand she is holding a trident with which she is pointing to the distance. The shield in her left hand has the symbol of the Union Jack cross on it.

In the background, the Sun's rays burst through a cloud.

Around left, the inscription BRITANNIA; above, 1/20 oz; around right, FINE SILVER 999; around below, the date of issue 2019.

The artist's signature D.L (for David Lawrence) is above left in the outer ring, above Britannia's flowing hair.

Reverse Inscription BRITANNIA 1/20 oz FINE SILVER 999 2019
EdgeMilledEdge InscriptionNone
Issued in Set
The Britannia 2019 Collection - Six-Coin Silver Proof Set, mintage unknown, limited to 950
6 coins: £2 (1oz), £1 (1/2oz), 50p (1/4oz), 20p (1/10oz), 10p (1/20oz), 5p (1/40oz)
See also

This reverse design was issued in a variety of formats:
- 1/4 oz platinum
- 5 oz gold
- 2 oz gold
- 1 oz gold (Proof version)
- 1/2 oz gold (Proof version)
- 1/4 oz gold (Proof version)
- 1/10th oz gold (Proof version)
- 1/20th oz gold
- 1/40th oz gold
- 1 kg silver
- 5 oz silver
- 1 oz silver (Proof version)
- 1/2 oz silver
- 1/4 oz silver
- 1/10th oz silver
- 1/20th oz silver
- 1/40th oz silver

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Silver Twentieth-Ounce 2019 Britannia: Details
CountryUnited Kingdom
CurrencyPound Sterling
Coin TypeSilver Twentieth-Ounce (1/20 oz)
Issued2019
MonarchQueen Elizabeth II
EffigyQueen Elizabeth II - Portrait by Jody Clark (Fifth Portrait)
ReverseBritannia, Standing
Face Value10 (x Penny)
Total Mintageunknown
CurrentYes
Material0.999 Silver
DesignerDavid Lawrence
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size12.000 mm
Mass1.580 g
OCC IDGAVP-OXAC-ANNB-EMDY
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