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 silver bullion since 1997. 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 Silver Bullion Coin
For more than 1,100 years, The Royal Mint has innovated to create coins that are both beautiful and secure. In 2022, Britannia, the symbol of Britain, leads the way to redefine security in the bullion market, and embodies The Royal Mint’s drive for the very best in design and security. This latest evolution of the icon combines Philip Nathan’s acclaimed interpretation with four groundbreaking security features to create the most visually secure coin in the world. These additions 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.’
In the lower left-hand of the design, below Britannia’s flowing gown, is a trident to represent her naval history. As the viewer changes their perspective this trident becomes a padlock, emphasising the coin’s secure nature. Surface animation behind Britannia reflects the movement of waves and fine details such as the Union flag on Britannia’s shield have been highlighted by tincture lines.