First released in 1987, the 1 Oz. Gold British Britannia is Great Britain’s answer to the world wide demand for gold bullion coins. Rivaling the South African Krugerrand, the Gold Britannia contains one troy ounce of 24-karat gold, which was changed in 2013 from the 22-karat gold standard for previous Gold Britannia’s.
The coin derives it’s name from the ancient term Britannia, which was the Greek and Roman term for the geographical region inhabited by the Britons: present day Great Britain and Ireland. Conquest by the Roman empire began in 43 AD and the province was dubbed Britannia–around the 2nd Century, Roman Britannia had come to be personified as a goddess who wore a Corinthian helmet and defended her homeland with a trident.
Modern coin enthusiasts admire the 2016 1 Oz. Gold British Britannia for it’s quality, fineness and the reputation of the Royal Mint. To learn more about this amazing coin or the series history contact a GMRgold representative at 877-795-9585 today or fill our a Contact Form and a representative will reach out to you shortly.
Britannia is an ancient term used for multiple purposes in the course of European history. When the Roman Empire moved to conquer the British Isles, the soldiers originally referred to the province as Britannia. Over time, the term came to be used in reference to the native inhabitants of the Isles, as well.
Later on in British history, Britannia took on a role as a goddess whose job was to guard the British Isles from invasion. Britannia was first used on United Kingdom coins in the early 1700s as one of the first sovereign coins of the nation. Today it is featured on the British Gold Britannia’s reverse side.