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2001 Gold Proof Four Coin Britannia Set Una And The Lion

2001 Gold Proof Four Coin Britannia Set Boxed
(VAT Exempt)
Gold proof four coin Britannia set from a limited presentation of just 1,000 issued by the UK's national mint. Four coins with one-off designs are presented in this limited edition red leather boxed collection: the 2001 1oz gold proof Britannia, 1/2oz, 1/4oz and 1/10oz. For a number of years, The Royal Mint was in the routine of issuing Britannia coins with the classic 'Standing Britannia' design in even years and unique reverses on odd years. These 2001 Britannias were the second time the Mint issued a one-off design on its flagship troy ounce gold coin, with veteran designer Philip Nathan responsible for the modernist reverse. In a contemporary twist, Britannia is seen facing to the left behind her Union Jack shield with the lion stalking to her side, impersonating the legendary 'Una and the Lion' engraving seen on William Wyon's 1839 gold £5 (Quintuple Sovereign). This stylised reverse is complemented by Ian Rank Broadley's engraving of Queen Elizabeth II on the obverse, which is the fourth official UK coin effigy of Her Majesty. Each coin is struck to a high-quality proof finish, obtained using highly polished dies during production to give an attractive frosted finish. To further enhance the set's collectability, the coins' reverses are fully matt proof compared to the obverses, which have the conventional raised matt proof features with a highly polished field. The fine gold weight for all these pre-owned 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 91.67% pure gold, alloyed with silver, giving them a brilliant yellow gold appearance. Being pound sterling gold coins, they're exempt from both CGT and VAT.
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Coins In The 2001 Gold Proof 4-Coin Britannia Set

  • 2001 Britannia 1oz Gold Proof
  • 2001 Britannia 1/2oz Gold Proof
  • 2001 Britannia 1/4oz Gold Proof
  • 2001 Britannia 1/10oz Gold Proof


Ian Rank-Broadley's portrait of Queen Elizabeth II. Fourth definitive portrait of Her Majesty to appear on UK coinage.


Contemporary engraving of Britannia and the English lion facing to the left, mimicking William Wyon's 'Una and the Lion' engraving first seen in 1839. Designer: 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).


Limited edition presentation of only 1,000 sets. Original leather-box case with certificate of authenticity from The Royal Mint. Includes protective capsules.

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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