The Exclusive Edition has a different artist, with Sandra Deiana doing the honours. It’s a clever, attractive design, showing the personification of Britannia at three stages in her life. The central figure, of middling age, is shown adorned with the classic helm, sandwiched between her child form, and her aged visage. This design is doubtless the one aimed at celebrating International Women’s Day, and does a classic, understated job, bound to be appealing to a wide number of collectors. There’s a danger of drifting into ‘wokeness’ with something like this, but Deiana has done a top job of celebrating the figure’s female nature, without preaching. Again, a great effort, and very unusual for the Britannia range.
The range of sizes here is far more limited, with only 2 oz and 1 kilo variants on offer, although in both gold and silver. There are no sets, so each is available on an individual basis only. Normally, we’d be annoyed that the casual, and less well-off collector has been ignored, but in this case, there’s a brilliant uncirculated silver coin available for a relatively accessible £62.50. The quality of strike is nowhere near as defined as the proof coins, of course, but it is available, so that’s a start. Both this coin and the core range will be available from the Royal Mint from 9am British time today, but expect the usual queues, especially for gold. A fine release pair that cements Britannia as a flagship product.