For the last couple of years, the Royal Mint has struck a special version of its perennial silver bullion coin, the Britannia. Produced for American bullion dealer A-Mark Precious Metals, the coin has struck into its edge a privy mark symbolising the lunar year of issue. This time out it contains the horns of a ram as we’re currently in the Year of the Sheep, or Goat, It’s a nice enough idea as long as the premium isn’t too high and like the privy mark Canadian Maple Leaf coins, the only way to buy bullion versions with any variety year on year.

There really isn’t much more to say. The bullion guide to the series should tell you all you need to know about the silver Britannia, and this is exactly the same as all the other 2015 Britannia coins with their new crinkled finish. Santa Monica-based A-Mark like to pile them high and sell in bulk, in this case tubes of 25 or monster boxes of 500, but we’re sure there’ll be dealers picking them up to sell individually, so those into collecting rather than stacking should be able to get one. There was also a gold version made available last year, but we’re currently unsure if that will happen this time out.

MINTS DESCRIPTION

Following the success of the Britannia bullion edge letter privy mark Year of the Snake and Year of the Horse coins in 2013 and 2014, The Royal Mint has revealed a new 2015 Britannia bullion coin designed to celebrate the ‘Year of the Sheep’ to add to the collection.

These special edition 1oz 999 fine silver 2015 Britannia bullion coins bear a Lunar privy mark symbol which represents the Chinese Lunar Year of the Sheep and have been produced by The Royal Mint in the United Kingdom.

The coins, which are eligible for precious metal IRA’s, are packaged in tubes of 25 coins or monster boxes of 500 coins and developed exclusively for our distribution partner AMark.

Britannia has a long history on British coinage. She is the embodiment of the nation she has represented for almost 2,000 years, ever since the Romans invaded the isles and claimed them as the province of Britannia. She first appeared on the Roman coins of Emperor Hadrian circa AD 119 and was revived for the coinage of Charles II in 1672.

The Royal Mint’s Britannia bullion coins feature the classic 1987 depiction of the female representation of Britain by esteemed sculptor Philip Nathan. His iconic Britannia stands windswept in a classical gown, waves at her feet, with trident, shield and olive branch in hand, elegant and enduring more than 25 years later.

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SPECIFICATION

DENOMINATION COMPOSITION WEIGHT DIAMETER FINISH MINTAGE BOX / COA
£2 UKP 0.999 SILVER 31.1 g 38.61 mm BULLION UNLTD NO
A-MARK PRECIOUS METALS