Information about legend: BRITANNIA

BRITANNIA (1672 - )
LegendBRITANNIA
Ionian Islands / Two Oboli 1819

The name Britannia is a Latinisation of the native Brittonic word for the islands of Great Britain, Pretanī, which originally, in the fourth to the first centuries BC, designated a collection of islands with individual names, including Albion or Britain.

Although the archetypical image of Britannia as a seated female figure with a shield first appeared on Roman bronze coins of the 1st century AD struck under Hadrian, Britannia's first appearance on British coinage was on the farthing in 1672, though earlier pattern versions had appeared in 1665, followed by the halfpenny later the same year. The legend and the image have featured on coins of Great Britain (later the United Kingdom) and British colonies ever since.

BRITANNIA - Example/s on coins
Ionian Islands / Two Oboli 1819

Britannia on colonial coinage

Ionian Islands / Two Oboli 1819

The legend BRITANNIA, together with the figure of Britannia was also displayed on the coinage of British colonies and protectorates, such as this example on a Two Oboli coin (equal to a penny) from the Ionian Islands. The island issued their own coinage, compatible with the small British pre-decimal denominations in its dimensions and composition, from 1819 to 1964.

BRITANNIA - (434) Coins (Page 1 of 5)
CountryCoin NameMintageEffigy
Great Britain Halfpenny 1788 (Pattern) unknown King George III - Laureate Head, by Droz
Great Britain Sixpence 1790 (Pattern) unknown
Great Britain Halfpenny 1799 (Pattern) unknown King George III - Crowned Bust, by Conrad Küchler
United Kingdom Farthing 1806 unknown King George III - Laureate Head by Conrad Küchler
United Kingdom Halfpenny 1806 unknown King George III - Laureate Head by Conrad Küchler
United Kingdom Penny 1806 unknown King George III - Laureate Head by Conrad Küchler
United Kingdom Farthing 1807 unknown King George III - Laureate Head by Conrad Küchler
United Kingdom Halfpenny 1807 unknown King George III - Laureate Head by Conrad Küchler
United Kingdom Penny 1807 unknown King George III - Laureate Head by Conrad Küchler
United Kingdom Penny 1808 (Proof only) 1 King George III - Laureate Head by Conrad Küchler
Ionian Islands Two Lepta 1819 9,461,760
Ionian Islands Two Lepta 1820 9,461,760
Ionian Islands One Lepton 1821 unknown
Ionian Islands One Lepton 1834 unknown
Ionian Islands Thirty Lepta 1834 unknown
Ionian Islands One Lepton 1835 unknown
Ionian Islands One Lepton 1848 unknown
Ionian Islands Thirty Lepta 1848 unknown
Ionian Islands One Lepton 1849 unknown
Ionian Islands Thirty Lepta 1849 unknown
Ionian Islands One Lepton 1851 unknown
Ionian Islands Thirty Lepta 1851 unknown
Ionian Islands Thirty Lepta 1852 unknown
Ionian Islands One Lepton 1853 unknown
Ionian Islands One Lepton 1857 unknown
Ionian Islands Thirty Lepta 1857 unknown
Ionian Islands One Lepton 1862 unknown
Ionian Islands Thirty Lepta 1862 unknown
United Kingdom Gold Half Ounce 1987 Britannia unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait, by Raphael Maklouf
United Kingdom Gold Ounce 1987 Britannia unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait, by Raphael Maklouf
United Kingdom Gold Quarter Ounce 1987 Britannia unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait, by Raphael Maklouf
United Kingdom Gold Tenth-Ounce 1987 Britannia unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait, by Raphael Maklouf
United Kingdom Gold Half Ounce 1988 Britannia unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait, by Raphael Maklouf
United Kingdom Gold Ounce 1988 Britannia unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait, by Raphael Maklouf
United Kingdom Gold Quarter Ounce 1988 Britannia unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait, by Raphael Maklouf
United Kingdom Gold Tenth-Ounce 1988 Britannia unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait, by Raphael Maklouf
United Kingdom Gold Half Ounce 1989 Britannia unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait, by Raphael Maklouf
United Kingdom Gold Ounce 1989 Britannia unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait, by Raphael Maklouf
United Kingdom Gold Quarter Ounce 1989 Britannia unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait, by Raphael Maklouf
United Kingdom Gold Tenth-Ounce 1989 Britannia unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait, by Raphael Maklouf
United Kingdom Gold Half Ounce 1990 Britannia unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait, by Raphael Maklouf
United Kingdom Gold Ounce 1990 Britannia unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait, by Raphael Maklouf
United Kingdom Gold Quarter Ounce 1990 Britannia unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait, by Raphael Maklouf
United Kingdom Gold Tenth-Ounce 1990 Britannia unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait, by Raphael Maklouf
United Kingdom Gold Half Ounce 1991 Britannia unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait, by Raphael Maklouf
United Kingdom Gold Ounce 1991 Britannia unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait, by Raphael Maklouf
United Kingdom Gold Quarter Ounce 1991 Britannia unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait, by Raphael Maklouf
United Kingdom Gold Tenth-Ounce 1991 Britannia unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait, by Raphael Maklouf
United Kingdom Gold Half Ounce 1992 Britannia unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait, by Raphael Maklouf
United Kingdom Gold Ounce 1992 Britannia unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait, by Raphael Maklouf
United Kingdom Gold Quarter Ounce 1992 Britannia unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait, by Raphael Maklouf
United Kingdom Gold Tenth-Ounce 1992 Britannia unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait, by Raphael Maklouf
United Kingdom Gold Half Ounce 1993 Britannia unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait, by Raphael Maklouf
United Kingdom Gold Ounce 1993 Britannia unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait, by Raphael Maklouf
United Kingdom Gold Quarter Ounce 1993 Britannia unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait, by Raphael Maklouf
United Kingdom Gold Tenth-Ounce 1993 Britannia unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait, by Raphael Maklouf
United Kingdom Gold Half Ounce 1994 Britannia unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait, by Raphael Maklouf
United Kingdom Gold Ounce 1994 Britannia unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait, by Raphael Maklouf
United Kingdom Gold Quarter Ounce 1994 Britannia unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait, by Raphael Maklouf
United Kingdom Gold Tenth-Ounce 1994 Britannia unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait, by Raphael Maklouf
United Kingdom Gold Half Ounce 1995 Britannia unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait, by Raphael Maklouf
United Kingdom Gold Ounce 1995 Britannia unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait, by Raphael Maklouf
United Kingdom Gold Quarter Ounce 1995 Britannia unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait, by Raphael Maklouf
United Kingdom Gold Tenth-Ounce 1995 Britannia unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait, by Raphael Maklouf
United Kingdom Gold Half Ounce 1996 Britannia unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait, by Raphael Maklouf
United Kingdom Gold Ounce 1996 Britannia unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait, by Raphael Maklouf
United Kingdom Gold Quarter Ounce 1996 Britannia unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait, by Raphael Maklouf
United Kingdom Gold Tenth-Ounce 1996 Britannia unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait, by Raphael Maklouf
United Kingdom Gold Half Ounce 1997 Britannia 892 Queen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait, by Raphael Maklouf
United Kingdom Gold Ounce 1997 Britannia unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait, by Raphael Maklouf
United Kingdom Gold Quarter Ounce 1997 Britannia 1,815 Queen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait, by Raphael Maklouf
United Kingdom Gold Tenth-Ounce 1997 Britannia 2,713 Queen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait, by Raphael Maklouf
United Kingdom Silver Half Ounce 1997 Britannia 11,832 Queen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait, by Raphael Maklouf
United Kingdom Silver Ounce 1997 Britannia 16,005 Queen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait, by Raphael Maklouf
United Kingdom Silver Quarter Ounce 1997 Britannia 11,832 Queen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait, by Raphael Maklouf
United Kingdom Silver Tenth-Ounce 1997 Britannia 20,518 Queen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait, by Raphael Maklouf
United Kingdom Gold Half Ounce 1998 Britannia 750 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait, by Ian Rank-Broadley
United Kingdom Gold Ounce 1998 Britannia 750 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait, by Ian Rank-Broadley
United Kingdom Gold Quarter Ounce 1998 Britannia 1,310 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait, by Ian Rank-Broadley
United Kingdom Gold Tenth-Ounce 1998 Britannia 1,142 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait, by Ian Rank-Broadley
United Kingdom Silver Half Ounce 1998 Britannia 3,044 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait, by Ian Rank-Broadley
United Kingdom Silver Ounce 1998 Britannia 94,121 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait, by Ian Rank-Broadley
United Kingdom Silver Quarter Ounce 1998 Britannia 3,044 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait, by Ian Rank-Broadley
United Kingdom Silver Tenth-Ounce 1998 Britannia 5,768 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait, by Ian Rank-Broadley
United Kingdom Gold Half Ounce 1999 Britannia unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait, by Ian Rank-Broadley
United Kingdom Gold Ounce 1999 Britannia unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait, by Ian Rank-Broadley
United Kingdom Gold Quarter Ounce 1999 Britannia unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait, by Ian Rank-Broadley
United Kingdom Gold Tenth-Ounce 1999 Britannia unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait, by Ian Rank-Broadley
United Kingdom Silver Ounce 1999 Britannia 69,394 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait, by Ian Rank-Broadley
United Kingdom Gold Half Ounce 2000 Britannia unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait, by Ian Rank-Broadley
United Kingdom Gold Ounce 2000 Britannia unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait, by Ian Rank-Broadley
United Kingdom Gold Quarter Ounce 2000 Britannia unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait, by Ian Rank-Broadley
United Kingdom Gold Tenth-Ounce 2000 Britannia unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait, by Ian Rank-Broadley
United Kingdom Silver Ounce 2000 Britannia 81,301 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait, by Ian Rank-Broadley
United Kingdom Gold Half Ounce 2001 Britannia unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait, by Ian Rank-Broadley
United Kingdom Gold Ounce 2001 Britannia unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait, by Ian Rank-Broadley
United Kingdom Gold Quarter Ounce 2001 Britannia unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait, by Ian Rank-Broadley
United Kingdom Gold Tenth-Ounce 2001 Britannia unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait, by Ian Rank-Broadley
United Kingdom Silver Half Ounce 2001 Britannia 4,596 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait, by Ian Rank-Broadley
United Kingdom Silver Ounce 2001 Britannia 52,459 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait, by Ian Rank-Broadley
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