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Gold Britannia

Great Britain £10 Gold

22 Carat Gold

Britannia first appeared as a reverse type on Roman coins almost 2000 years ago. She reappeared on copper halfpennies and farthings of Charles II from 1672, and continued to appear on bronze coins until decimalisation, when she jumped ship onto the new fifty pence coins.
Britannia is usually portrayed seated, but in 1901 to 1935 she appeared standing on British Trade Dollars, and from 1902 to 1910, also on the Florins of Edward VII. The new "Standing Britannia" used on the gold Britannia coins was designed by sculptor Philip Nathan.

1987 British Gold Britannia Reverse

1987 British Gold Britannia Obverse

Britannias were introduced in 1987, in four weights from one ounce to fractional sizes of half ounce, quarter ounce, and tenth ounce.
Britannias must rank amongst the most world's most beautiful bullion coins.
Both proof and bullion versions have been issued every year from 1987, although most of the proof coins are only available as part of complete sets. Tenth ounce Britannias have a face value of £10, and contain a tenth ounce of gold. Fractional sizes such as one tenth ounce are produced in smaller quantities than the one ounce gold bullion coins. Because of this, they will generally have the lowest mintage figures.


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Composition: .9167 Gold
.0833 Copper
Gold Content: 0.100 oz
Edge: Reeded
Weight: 3.412 grams
Size: 16.5 mm
Obv: Raphael Maklouf
Rev: Phillip Nathan
Chard Tax Free Gold

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