|Value||2 pounds sterling|
|Mass||32.45g up to 2012|
from 2013 31.21 g
|Diameter||up to 2012 40.00mm|
from 2013 38.61 mm
|Thickness||from 2013 3 mm|
|Composition||.958 silver (1997-2012)|
.999 silver (2013-present)
|Years of minting||1997-present|
|Design||Queen Elizabeth II|
Britannia gold coins contain one troy ounce of gold and have a face value of £100. Gold Britannias also are issued in fractional sizes of one-half, one-quarter, and one-tenth of a troy ounce and with face values of £50, £25, and £10 respectively. In 2013 two additional sizes were introduced, a five-ounce coin of face value £500, and a fractional size of one-twentieth of face value £5.
Britannia silver coins contain one troy ounce of silver and have a face value of £2. Silver Britannias also are issued in fractional sizes of one-half, one-quarter, and one-tenth of a troy ounce and with face values of £1, 50p, and 20p respectively. Like the gold coins in 2013 two additional sizes were introduced, a five-ounce coin of face value £10, and a fractional size of one-twentieth of face value 10p.
From 2013 the gold coins have a millesimal fineness of 0.9999 (or 24 carat gold). Until 2012 the gold coins have a millesimal fineness of 0.917 (91.7% or 22 carat gold) with the non-gold component being copper until 1989 and silver from 1990.
2013- Gold Britannia specifications (gold content, and approx total weight)
1987-2012 Gold Britannia specifications (gold content, not total weight)
Silver Britannias have been released each year beginning in 1997, when a silver proof set was offered. In 1998 and in all subsequent even-numbered years the reverse design has depicted a standing Britannia figure. Beginning in 1999 and continuing in odd-numbered years, a series of alternate, non-repeating depictions of Britannia have replaced the standing figure on the reverse. Starting in 2013, the proof versions of the coin will feature a different design each year, while the bullion version of the coin will always feature the classic standing Britannia. While mintage was limited prior to 2013, in 2013 and after mintage of the bullion version of the coin is unlimited based on demand.
Some 2014 silver Britannia coins were struck with the incorrect obverse as there was a mix up during the manufacturing process with the 'Lunar' Year of the Horse coins from The Royal Mint, as both coins were to the same fineness and specification, and similar but not identical obverse sides. It is thought that there are around 17,000 examples with the mis-strike, which have been dubbed the 'Mule Britannia' These coins have fetched substantial premiums on online auction sites.
The following table has the most recent numbers of coins minted by year.
|Year||Uncirculated||1oz Proof (Orders / Issue Limit)||Proof sets (Orders / Issue Limit)||5oz Proof|
|1997 (.958 Ag)||-||16,005||11,832||not available|
|1998 (.958 Ag)||88,909||3,044||3,044||not available|
|1999 (.958 Ag)||69,394||no proof coins released||no proof coins released||not available|
|2000 (.958 Ag)||81,301||no proof coins released||no proof coins released||not available|
|2001 (.958 Ag)||44,816||4,596||10,000||not available|
|2002 (.958 Ag)||48,816||no proof coins released||no proof coins released||not available|
|2003 (.958 Ag)||73,271||2,016 / 5,000||3,669 / 5,000||not available|
|2004(.958 Ag)||100,000||2,174 / 5,000||-||not available|
|2005(.958 Ag)||100,000||1,539 / 2,500||2,360 / 3,500||not available|
|2006(.958 Ag)||100,000||2,529 / 2,750||3,000 / 3,000 (The Silhouette Collection encompasses 5 styles which are 1oz .999 silver & gold gilt)||not available|
|2007(.958 Ag)||100,000||5,157 / 7,500||2,500 / 2,500 (Sold out)||not available|
|2008(.958 Ag)||100,000||2,500 / 2,500 (Sold out)||2,500 / 2,500 (Sold out)||not available|
|2009(.958 Ag)||100,000||6,784||2,500 / 2,500 (Sold out)||not available|
|2010(.958 Ag)||126,367||6,539||3,497||not available|
|2011(.958 Ag)||100,000||4,973||2,483 / 2,500||not available|
|2012 (.958 Ag)||100,000||2,500||-||not available|
|2013 (.999 Ag)||Mint to Order||2,500 in limited edition presentation, max mintage 8,500||-||1,150 in limited edition presentation, 3,500 in First Strike Presentation, max mintage 4,650|
|2013 (.999 Ag) Snake Privy Rim||300,000||0||-||0|
|2014 (.999 Ag)||Mint to Order||2,500 in limited edition presentation, max mintage 5,300||1,750 in limited edition presentation, 550 in First Strike Presentation||600 in limited edition presentation, 750 in First Strike Presentation, max mintage 1,350|
|2014 (.999 Ag) Horse Privy Rim||1,000,000||0||-||0|
|2015 (.999 Ag)||Mint to Order||unknown||unknown||unknown|
|2015 (.999 Ag) Goat Privy Rim||200,000||0||-||0|
|2016 (.999 Ag)||Mint to Order||unknown||unknown||unknown|
|2016 (.999 Ag) Monkey Privy Rim||176,300||0||-||0|