One Ounce 24 Carat Gold Mixed-Date Britannia Bullion Coins (Best Value)
Best value, mixed-year one ounce gold bullion Britannias available now for our best price.
Philip Nathan's depiction of Britannia with shield, trident, Corinthian helmet and flowing dress. Legend: 'BRITANNIA · 1oz · 999.9 · FINE · GOLD'. Date in legend.
Bullion coin struck to uncirculated standard, issued loose with no additional packaging.
These bullion coins may show some very minor marks owing to mass production methods. This is perfectly normal and will not affect the bullion value of your coins. Images provided of this product are stock photos and the coins you receive will be from the same issue, having the exact same specifications.
Britannia Investment Coins
The personification of the United Kingdom, Britannia, first appeared on Roman coins, struck during the reign of Emperor Hadrian. Her image was revived for the coinage of King Charles II. Since then, she's been a feature on the coins of every British monarch, a powerful symbol of national identity.
Depicted as a warlike goddess, Britannia has starred on her own range of bullion coins since 1987. Initially these coins were only available in gold, with silver bullion and platinum bullion editions issued in 1997 and 2017 respectively. Coins are available individually, in sets and in both proof and bullion finishes.
When these coins were introduced they were aimed specifically at the buoyant international gold market, competing with other one troy ounce precious metal coins like the South African Krugerrand and the Canadian gold Maple Leaf. Britannias offer a variety of benefits for investors but new annual designs on the proof coins by respected artists offer an element of collectibility.
What Fineness Are Britannias?
Before 2013, gold Britannias were composed of 22 carat gold. That meant that a pre-2013 one ounce Britannia had a total weight of 34.05 grams and a pure gold content of 31.10 grams. The diameter was 32.69 millimetres.
Britannias issued in 2013 and afterwards have a purer 24 carat gold content, although the 2013 edition has a slightly larger diameter. The amount of fine gold remained the same, though the total weight of each coin was reduced. All gold Britannias from 2014 onwards have the same diameter as their 22 carat counterparts.
The changeover in fineness in 2013 also impacted silver Britannias, which went from 958 fineness to 999 fineness. It is very likely The Royal Mint enacted these changes to simplify the export of Britannias, as certain countries apply different levels of tax on precious metal depending on the metal's purity. For example, gold and silver are only GST-free (VAT-free) in Australia when they are 996+ and 995+ fine respectively.
Why Invest in Britannias?
The major attraction of gold Britannias is their tax-free status. The face value of this coin is £100. As legal tender pound sterling, gold Britannias are exempt from Capital Gains Tax in the UK. Their gold content makes these pieces worth significantly more than their face value.
Britannias allow investors to purchase a significant quantity of gold at a low premium. You would have to buy more than four Sovereigns to get the same amount of gold. Britannias don't have the long history associated with Sovereigns but over the last few decades they've established a reputation as one of the world's premier bullion coins.
Our one ounce gold Britannias are carefully authenticated by our expert staff who ensure that these coins meet the exact specifications set down by The Royal Mint.
Your best value gold Britannia might display some very minor signs of wear, which is perfectly normal for bullion coins and won't affect their investment value. We can't guarantee what year you will receive and if you order multiple you may find your order contains a range of dates.
Gold Britannia Designs
The first gold Britannias, issued in proof and bullion in 1987, featured a reverse designed by sculptor and medallist Philip Nathan showing 'standing Britannia', a female figure standing against the wind with her trident, an olive branch and a Union Jack shield. Although introduced in 1987, no issues were released dated 1998, 2005 and 2006.
Over the years various designers have contributed reverse designs, using their own style to interpret this iconic UK figure, sometimes incorporating other national symbols like the lion or even a map of the British Isles. There are some unique reverses that are only used on proof Britannias but bullion editions feature a lot of variety too making these coins appealing to collectors as well as investors.
Three different portraits of Queen Elizabeth II were used on gold 1 ounce Britannias: Raphael Maklouf from 1987 to 1997, Ian Rank-Broadley from 1998 to 2015 and Jody Clark from 2016 to 2023. On the death of Elizabeth II, King Charles III appeared on silver Britannias from 2023, with his UK coin effigy designed by Martin Jennings.
Reasons To Buy Gold Britannias
The 999.9 fine gold 1 oz Britannia is one of the best ways for UK investors to add gold to their portfolio and they're also incredibly popular all over the world. This is a selection of reasons why you should consider purchasing them:
- Store of Wealth: Gold has a proven history of preserving wealth over time
- Low buy/sell spreads: Bullion Britannias sell for a small premium over the gold spot price and are in high demand from dealerships, making them one of the most economical ways of investing in gold
- CGT Exemption: 1oz gold Britannias have a legal tender pound sterling value of £100, making them exempt from capital gains tax
- VAT free: These coin qualify as 'investment gold' under current HMRC rules, giving them a VAT-exempt status
- Name Recognition: Britannias have a global reputation and are traded all over the world
- Different Designs: Certain Britannias have a one-off design for that year of issue, adding a collectability aspect to them
Sell Gold Britannias
Gold Britannias are always in high demand, especially in the United Kingdom because of their tax-free status The Britannia Coin Company offers market-leading prices for bullion coins and bars, including British Britannias. If you're interested in selling then pop over to our Sell Your Coins page for more information and how to get a custom quote for your bullion coins.
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