A latent image changes from a padlock to Britannia’s famous trident
Surface animation creates movement to the background of waves
The micro-text provides both decoration and protection
Britannia’s shield bears the Union flag, which is accented with tincture lines
Britannia is the female representation of Britain and has been the modern face of gold bullion since 1987. Recognized and trusted around the world, the bullion Britannia coin is sought after by investors and institutions alike.
History of the Britannia 2023 1 oz Gold Bullion Coin
The history of this icon begins with her appearance on the coins of Hadrian, around AD 119, as the symbol of a new province and people. Britannia was revived for the coinage of Charles II in 1672 and has appeared on the coins of every monarch since. When Britannia coins were added to our bullion portfolio in 1987, Philip Nathan created a classical interpretation of the icon. He presented Britannia with a strong maritime influence, standing above the waves with a trident, shield and olive branch in hand – instantly recognizable in an international market as the modern face of British bullion and a symbol of national spirit. The iconic design has evolved over time and now includes four new advanced security features, making it the most visually secure coin in the world.
The Britannia 2023 bullion coin redefines security in the bullion market. Created by the team behind the United Kingdom’s 12-sided £1 coin, which is known as ‘the world’s most secure coin’, Britannia has evolved once more to spearhead the best security technology available and lead the way as the most visually secure coin in the world. Philip Nathan’s award-winning Britannia design from 1987 depicts an enduring symbol of a nation, boldly standing beside a shield that bears the Union flag – a symbol of Britain’s strength – whilst holding an olive branch representing peace.
Struck in 999.9 fine gold and enhanced with four new features, Philip Nathan’s Britannia design is as beautiful as ever on this bullion coin. In the lower left-hand of the design, below Britannia’s flowing gown, a trident represents her naval history and as the viewer changes their perspective this trident becomes a padlock, emphasizing the coin’s secure nature. Surface animation reflects the movement of waves and fine details such as the Union flag on Britannia’s shield have been carefully highlighted with tincture lines. These added security features both decorate and protect the coin, just as the micro-text that borders the design states – ‘Decus et Tutamen’, which translates as ‘An ornament and a safeguard’.