1987 1oz British Britannia .9167 Gold Proof Coin
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In July 1987 the Royal Mint was authorised by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II to issue new United Kingdom gold bullion cois.
Named after the symbolic figure of Britannia, who graces the reverse design, the coins are struck in 22 carat gold and are available in four denominations: £100, £50, £25 and £10. The largest of these coins contains one ounce of fine gold, with the lower denominations containing 1/2 ounce, 1/4 ounce and 1/10 ounce fine gold respectively.
To commemorate the introduction of these prestigious coins the Royal Mint is issuing a maximum of 2,500 individual one ounce Britannias, struckk to Proof standard. In addition a further 10,000 are being struck especially for issue in a 4-con Britannia Proof collection, which includes Proof versions of the other denominations.
Britannia and the British Coinage
Britannia first appeared as a provincial figure on a Roman imperial coin of the Emperor Hadrian (117-138 AD), although she did not feature on English coins until the copper halfpennies and farthings of Charles II in 1672. Since that time Britannia has continuously appeared on Britain's coinage.
The latest in a long line of elegant and beautifully designed Britannia's can be found on the reverse of this one ounce gold Proof coin. The design, by Philip Nathan, depicts Britannia as a standing figure for only the second time on United Kingdom coinage, the first being the much-acclaimed Britannia by George William De Saulles, used on the florins of Edward VII between 1902 and 1910. The obverse of the 1987 Britannia coin features Raphael Maklouf's portrait of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.
This 1987 gold Proof Britannia weight 34.05 grammes and contains not less than one ounce of fine gold. It has a diameter of 32.69mm and has been struck to the highest Royal Mint Proof standard. Only carefully selected blanks and specially prepared dies are used to achieve the polished field and delicate frosted relief characteristic of a Royal Mint Proof coin. For this reason it is advisable to avoid handling your coin as fingerprints or marks will impair the surface.
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