We said when we posted up a quick heads-up of the new 2016 proof Britannia that we’d revisit them with better images of the range and here we are. It’s another fine design, not scaling the heights of the 2014 version, still my coin of the decade so far, but a good addition to the series. Now on its fourth incarnation since the series become unlocked from the bullion design, mintages this year are very tight in comparison to earlier runs.
Available individually are the 5 oz coins in gold and silver, the 1 oz silver, the ¼ oz gold and the 1/40th oz gold. The other five silver sizes (1/2, 1/4, 1/10. 1/20 & 1/40) are only available in a set. Also available only in a three-coin set (mintage 70) or six-coin set (mintage 175) are the other four gold sizes (1, 1/2, 1/10, 1/20).
Proof Britannias have never been bargain basement, and that remains the case here, but the very limited mintages, especially the gold, will likely assure these will appreciate. Indeed, the gold sets are already sold out, some feat considering the 2015 3-coin premium set is still available a year later. Both five ounce coins are flying out as well, so it appears the design has plenty of appeal to the market.
Packaging is up to the usual high Royal Mint standard and all the coins are struck in silver or gold to a 0.999 fineness. They’re available to buy now, at least the individual coins and the six-coin silver set are. The picture we knocked up of the obverse sides below has been scaled so you can see how big the coins are relative to each other.