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1997 Gold Proof Four Coin Britannia Set

1997 Gold Proof Four Coin Britannia Set Boxed
(VAT Exempt)
To mark 10 years since the first issue of The Royal Mint's Britannia coin series, a one-off reverse design was approved to appear on the 1997 edition. Like the traditional standing Britannia on the previous editions, the unique reverse was designed by esteemed Royal Mint engraver Philip Nathan. In a homage to the Celtic Queen Boadicea, it shows Britannia in command of a chariot being drawn by two horses. She is helmeted, carrying her trident in her left hand. On the obverse, the third UK coin portrait of Queen Elizabeth II can be seen by Raphael Maklouf. It was used on British coinage for 12 years, with 1997 being the last year it was seen in circulating currency. Four coins are available in the limited edition square box set: 1oz, 1/2oz, 1/4oz and 1/10oz. Each coin is struck to a top-quality proof finish, obtained using highly polished dies during production to give an attractive frosted finish. The fine gold weight for all the coins combined is 1.85 troy ounces, with a total weight of 62.77 grams. Unlike more recent Britannia coins, these proof versions are struck in 22 carat gold, alloyed with silver, giving them a brilliant yellow gold appearance. Included with the black presentation box are protective coin capsules and a numbered certificate of authenticity. Despite the issue limit of 1,500, only 892 of these sets were issued worldwide. Exempt for capital gains tax and VAT for UK residents, with the added bonus of free delivery to UK addresses with The Britannia Coin Company.
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Coins in 1997 Gold 4-Coin Britannia Set

  • 1997 Britannia 1oz Gold Proof
  • 1997 Britannia 1/2oz Gold Proof
  • 1997 Britannia 1/4oz Gold Proof
  • 1997 Britannia 1/10oz Gold Proof


Raphael Maklouf's portrait of Queen Elizabeth II. Third definitive portrait of the Queen used on UK coinage.


Special design of Britannia on a chariot, striking a pose made famous by Boadicea. Artist: Philip Nathan.


Four 22-carat gold UK coins with a fine proof finish. Total weight of these coins: 62.77 grams. Actual gold weight: 1.85 troy ounces (57.54 grams).


Original black square case with certificate of authenticity from The Royal Mint. Includes gold-plated medallion. Only 892 sets issued.

Buying Gold Proof Britannia Sets

The gold Britannia range was officially released by The Royal Mint in 1987, with the silver edition following in 1997 and the first platinum version appearing in 2007. Although primarily a vehicle for gold bullion investment, the gold Britannia has also been struck to proof standard for the collector's market. Every year, the Britannia is released in proof sets, with the composition and style of the coins varying from year to year. Initially, they were struck using 22 carat (0.9167 fine) gold, but switched over to 0.9999 fine (24 carat) in 2013. From 1987 to 1989, the coins were alloyed with copper, giving them an attractive rose gold hue, and between 1990 and 2012 they were alloyed with silver, giving a brilliant yellow gold appearance. Some of these older sets have low mintages and can be purchased at competitive prices compared to more recent issues. Nowadays, the trend from the Mint is to keep the design on the bullion coins constant, with the proof editions featuring a unique reverse every year, enhancing the appeal the proof coins have to collectors.


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