One of the years most eagerly awaited releases is now upon us. Last years proof Britannia design came out of nowhere to become, in our view at least, the coin of the year. By far. Following up this widely loved numismatic must have been one of the most unenviable jobs at the mint, but it was a job that needed to be done, and done it is.
Designed by Anthony Dufort, it’s a fine design and although based on the earlier £2 coin, it’s been enhanced greatly with a new background and what looks like a bit more detail. We’ll have more soon as the Royal Mint have jumped the gun somewhat and we’ve not yet had the hi-res press images.
Available to purchase now from the image link at the bottom, there are a selection of sizes in gold and silver from a too-small fortieth of an ounce, right up to the stunning 5oz coins.
Each year, collectors await the release of our latest Britannia design to celebrate this iconic numismatic figure, as only The Royal Mint has the trademark to produce genuine Britannia coins. For 2015, artist and sculptor Antony Dufort has applied his talents to create a stunning maritime-themed Britannia, with trident in hand and a masted ship on the horizon, each fine detail of the design perfected in our unrivalled Proof finish.
Britannia has enjoyed a relationship with the coins of the United Kingdom for almost 2,000 years. The feminine personification of Britain, she is renowned for her beauty and over time, Britannia coins have become a showcase for British artists, with many eager to share their interpretation of the enduring icon. No collection is complete without its Britannia, for she has been in demand for centuries, and in a year where the numismatic great regains her place on the circulating coinage of the United Kingdom, the spotlight shines on the familiar and much-loved figure.
Antony Dufort has turned to traditional nautical elements for his elegant interpretation, but gives a modern feel to his design, proving once more that Britannia’s history can combine with contemporary design, to stunning effect. The Britannia Collection offers an excellent choice, with a wide range of sets and individual coins to choose from – all struck in fine gold and fine silver and all finished to pristine Proof standard.