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2008 Britannia Quarter Ounce Gold Proof Coin

BR08QG 2008 Britannia Quarter Ounce Gold Proof Coin Boxed
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£495.00
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The 2008 edition of the quarter ounce gold proof Britannia has a limited edition presentation of just 1,000. Nowadays, the proof Britannia features a unique reverse design every year, with the one-off design for 2008 designed by John Bergdahl. In this striking engraving by the esteemed Royal Mint artist, Britannia is seen gazing over the sea with a lighthouse in the background, a modern homage to the traditional design which used to appear on our circulating coinage. She holds her trident in her right hand and props up her Union Jack shield with her left, with her skirt transitioning into the waves of the sea. On the obverse, the Ian Rank-Broadley engraving of Queen Elizabeth II is present. It's the fourth UK coin effigy of the monarch. Unlike Britannias issued after 2012, this 2008 version is composed of 22 parts gold out of 24, with the other 2 parts being silver. This gives the 1/4oz gold coin a total weight of 8.48 grams, measuring 22.00 millimetres in diameter. It's struck several times during the production process to give a top-quality proof finish, which is perfect for coin collectors. Issued in the original wooden presentation case from The Royal Mint with a numbered certificate of authenticity. Our price includes free shipping to UK addresses. VAT and capital gains tax exempt.
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Obverse

Fourth portrait of Queen Elizabeth II, as designed by Ian Rank-Broadley. Lettering: 'ELIZABETH II ' D ' G REG ' FID ' DEF ' 25 ' POUNDS'.

Reverse

A one-off design of helmeted Britannia by John Bergdahl, showing her skirt transitioning into the waves of the sea. She holds her trident in her right hand and props up her Union Flag shield with her left, with a lighthouse visible in the background. Lettering: 'BRITANNIA 2008 · 1/4 OUNCE FINE GOLD ·'.

Specification

Total weight of 8.48 grams, diameter of 22.00 millimetres and a face value of £25 / Twenty-Five Pounds. Struck to a proof standard in a 22-carat gold alloy. Fine gold weight of exactly 0.25 troy ounces.

Presentation

Issued in the original Royal Mint packaging, which is composed of a presentation box with a certificate of authenticity.

Buying Gold Proof Britannias

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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