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The Britannia is one of the oldest coin designs in the world. Dating back to Roman times, the first century A.D., and then reappearing on the farthing in 1672 and every British monarch's coinage ever since, it is easily one of the most recognizable designs of all time. Britannia was originally a Roman personification of the country of Britain (a regular custom for the Romans), but since about the second century A.D. has been referred to as a goddess, most often of the sea. Although the reverse design of this more recent bullion coin changes every year and is sometimes standing, sometimes sitting, one thing remains the same, this "Lady of the Sea" stands as a reminder of the history of her heritage.

The obverse features the Ian Rank-Broadley effigy of Queen Elizabeth II and the script "'Elizabeth 'II' D'G Reg' Fid' Def' 25 'Pounds". Both sides of this coin also feature a patterned border with "dentils" (the name for an architectural feature that is often used at the termination of beams in the ancient and Renaissance buildings).

The reverse bears the design of Phillip Nathan and features a standing Britannia, with her hair blowing in the wind and her gaze fixed to the sea. She is wearing a helmet with a highly pronounced plume that evokes the design used by the Romans. She carries a trident in her right hand and in her left an olive branch and a shield bearing the Union Jack. The entire design is encircled by the dentil design and the words "Britannia 2014 1/4 oz 9999 Fine Gold". The coin also bears the artist's last name, Nathan, rather than the typical initials.

Since 2013 Britannias are made from 9999 pure gold although previously they were 917 pure gold. The Britannia and its heritage are a testament to the continuity of the Royal Mint. They are great for both stackers and collectors alike.

The coin you receive may be slightly tarnished.

Specifications
3255
GB
Royal Mint
Brilliant uncirculated/Used
9999
GB
Ian Rank-Broadley Effigy of Queen Elizabeth II and the words "'Elizabeth 'II' D'G Reg' Fid' Def' 25 'Pounds"
A Standing Britannia with shield, trident and olive branch and the words "Britannia 2014 1/4 oz 999.9 Fine Gold" and the artist's last name (Nathan)
1987
21.9
1.5
GBP 25
2014
Ian Rank-Broadley (obverse), Phillip Nathan (reverse)
0.2500

SKU

3255

Country

GB

Manufacturer

Royal Mint

Condition

Brilliant uncirculated/Used

Purity

9999

Origin

GB

Obverse

Ian Rank-Broadley Effigy of Queen Elizabeth II and the words "'Elizabeth 'II' D'G Reg' Fid' Def' 25 'Pounds"

Reverse

A Standing Britannia with shield, trident and olive branch and the words "Britannia 2014 1/4 oz 999.9 Fine Gold" and the artist's last name (Nathan)

First Released

1987

Diameter (mm)

21.9

Average Thickness (mm)

1.5

Legal Tender

GBP 25

Year

2014

Designer

Ian Rank-Broadley (obverse), Phillip Nathan (reverse)

Metal Weight (ozt)

0.2500
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