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British Gold Coins

Gold is the most coveted investment metal for those looking to protect their hard-earned wealth. You can purchase gold products from various mints around the globe, and in different forms. There are gold coins and bars available from private and sovereign facilities alike, and the Royal Mint is among the most popular producers of gold products. Below you can find a complete rundown of the British Gold Coins available from JM Bullion.

British Gold Britannia Coins

Without question, the gold bullion program that anchors the Royal Mint numismatic offerings is the British Gold Britannia coin. The official gold bullion coin of the United Kingdom was introduced in 1987 with a gold content of .917 fine gold. Since 2013, the coins have been struck as 24-karat pure gold coins with .9999 fine gold content. Like its silver counterpart, the British Gold Britannia coins are celebrating a milestone in 2017 having reached their 30th anniversary of release. Highlights of the modern Gold Britannia include:

  • Ships in an individual plastic capsule, mint tube of 10 coins, or box of 100.
  • Contains 1 Troy oz. of .9999 pure gold in BU condition.
  • Face value of 100 (GBP) is fully backed by Britain’s government.

As the Gold Britannia is from the same program as the Silver Britannia, and was in fact the design basis for the latter, the gold coins in this collection have the same design concepts as the silver coins and have also only seen changes in the design of the obverse portrait of Queen Elizabeth II over time. Details include:

  • On the reverse of the 2017 British Gold Britannia Coin you’ll find the image of Britannia, which has featured on the coins unchanged for the last 30 years. Britannia originally featured on sovereign coins in the early 18th century at the formation of the United Kingdom between England and Scotland.
  • The obverse of all British Gold Britannia Coins includes the new fifth-generation depiction of Queen Elizabeth II. Her Majesty’s effigy was last updated in 1998 by Ian Rank-Broadley, but in 2015 the Royal Mint unveiled a new image of the Queen from 33-year-old Jody Clark, the youngest engraver and artist ever to complete her portrait.

Unique Britannia Coins

Like other coin programs, there are occasionally opportunities for investors and collectors to nab the Gold Britannia or Silver Britannia with unique design finishes that increase the collectible value of the original product. Among these you’ll find the 2016 British Gold Britannia Monkey Privy Edge coin.

On the reverse face of the coin is the image of Britannia, fabled guardian of the United Kingdom. She is featured wearing a Corinthian helmet, holding a trident in her right hand to control the seas, and a shield with the Union Jack emblazoned on it in her left hand. Along the milled edge of these Gold Britannias you’ll find a privy mark honoring the Year of the Monkey on the Chinese Lunar Calendar. The first privy mark on the milled edge of a Britannia occurred in 2013 on the silver variant, and came to the Gold Britannia in 2014 for the Year of the Horse, which makes this the third version for the gold coin.

More recently, the Royal Mint launched a 30th anniversary British Gold Britannia coin to mark the original release of these special gold bullion products. The Royal Mint is celebrating two anniversaries for the Britannia program in 2017. The Gold Britannia leads the way in this stunning series with its 30th anniversary, but the Silver Britannia coin marks its 20th anniversary this year with a celebratory release of its own.

Included on the reverse side of both versions of the coin in 2017 is a mint mark that honors the anniversary of the individual programs. Located to the bottom-left of Britannia’s image you’ll find the head of a trident with a “3” and “0” between the spikes, commemorating the 30th anniversary of this famous coin.

Each 2017 1 oz British Gold Britannia Coin is initially available from the mint in BU condition. Coins in BU condition have no signs of wear and tear, though you may notice minor flaws ranging from breaks in the luster and spotted surfaces to contact marks from the production process at the mint.

For the 30th anniversary of the gold coins, the Royal Mint has increased the security of the coins with new protection features. You’ll notice a new high-security radial sunburst emanating from the background field that helps better deter counterfeiting efforts.

The Gold Coins of the Shengxiao Series

If you’re looking to buy gold, the Royal Mint has more than just its flagship bullion offering. Launched in 2014, the Shengxiao Series from the Royal Mint is an increasingly popular series celebrating the Chinese Lunar Calendar. Each year, the coins in the program feature the new animal in the Zodiac represent a particular year on the lunar calendar.

Coins released to date in the Shengxiao Series include the Year of the Horse, Year of the Goat, and Year of the Monkey gold coins. All Royal Mint gold coins consist of .9999 pure gold, with face values listed in Great British Pounds (£ GBP), and share common obverse imagery of Queen Elizabeth II’s right-profile image.

Coins released prior to the 2016 year of issue in this collection feature Ian Rank-Broadley’s 1998 image of the Queen, while post-2016 coins have the new Jody Clark design released in 2015. All reverse designs in the Shengxiao Series from the Royal Mint were designed by British-Chinese artist Wuon-Gean Ho, and each one is completely unique from other lunar coin series produced at other mints around the globe. Currently, the following designs are available from the Royal Mint’s gold Shengxiao Series:

  • 2016 British Gold Year of the Monkey Coin: On the reverse of each coin is the Year of the Monkey design from the Royal Mint. In it, a pair of monkey is visible dangling and swinging amongst the trees. In the background, one monkey is visible dangling while a monkey in the foreground prepares to leap from one branch to the next. Face value of £100 (GBP) is fully backed by the United Kingdom. Ships to you in an individual plastic flip, Mint tube of 25, or Monster Box of 500.
  • 2017 British Gold Year of the Rooster Coin: The reverse of the 2017 Gold British Rooster includes the all-new Year of the Rooster design from Ho and the Royal Mint. This year’s design features a rooster in the center of the field, along with engravings that identify the year of issue, name of the issue, and the Chinese symbol for rooster. Ships to you in a protective plastic capsule, mint tubes of 10, or sealed Monster Boxes of 100. Issued a face value of £100 (GBP) by the British government.

The Gold Coins of the Queen’s Beast Collection

This exciting series of silver and gold coins from the Royal Mint marks the newest release of numismatic or bullion coins from the mint. The British Queens Beast Coin program is a planned 10-design series that features new designs for each of the animals featured in the coronation ceremony of Queen Elizabeth II. In total, the British Queens Beast coin series features a 1 oz gold coin, a 1/4 oz gold coin, as well as the Royal Mint’s first-ever 2 oz silver bullion coin.

First in the collection is the 2016 Queen’s Beast Lion coin, available in all three versions mentioned above. In the British monarchy’s heraldic shield, the lion plays a significant role. The position of the lion determines the mood and attitude of the monarch at the time, or in special situations. For example, when the lion is featured in a passant position it is considered to be walking and is shown with just its right fore paw raised off the ground.

Similar to the Britannia program, the Queen’s Beast Lion coins feature the same obverse and reverse designs on the coins regardless of silver or gold content. Design specifics are as follows:

  • The reverse face of the 2016 British Queen’s Beast Coins depicts the heraldic shield of Britain with a lion in rampant position behind it. When the lion is rampant, it is depicted standing on its hind legs with both fore paws raised, and is indicative of the monarchy’s readiness to strike its enemies. You’ll find engravings of “Lion of England” on this side, as well as the weight, metal content, purity, and year of issue for the coin.
  • On the obverse is the all-new right-profile portrait of Queen Elizabeth II. The fifth version of Her Majesty’s effigy on British coins, this portrait was created in 2015 by Jody Clark. At just 33 years old, Clark is the youngest artist to create a depiction of Her Majesty, and he also created the “Lion of England” design on the reverse.

This planned 10-coin program continues in 2017 with the release of the 2017 British Queen’s Beast Griffin Coins. For the second release the Royal Mint introduces the mythical Griffin. With the head, wings, and front paws of an eagle, and the body of a lion, this was said to be the most powerful animal in the world. That power comes from the lion’s status as king of the beasts, and the eagle’s status as king of the birds.

Again, the coins are available in 1 oz and ¼ oz pure gold, as well as the 2 oz silver version. Design specifics for this release include the following information:

  • On the reverse of the 2017 British Queen’s Beast Griffin Coin is the image of the Griffin, standing behind the shield of Edward III and clutching it with its two front claws. A Griffin is a mythical beast rumored to be the most powerful, possessing the body of a lion (king of beasts) and the head and wings of an eagle (king of the birds).
  • The obverse includes the portrait of Queen Elizabeth II as referenced above. Her Majesty ascended to the British throne in 1952 following the death of her father, the king. Her coronation ceremony was held in 1953 and included 10 plaster statues of Queen’s Beasts.

The latest gold coin release in this series is the Red Dragon coin. Known officially as the Red Dragon of Wales, the dragon itself was originally used by Owen Tudor, grandfather of Henry VII. He was a Welsh courtier and the second husband of Catherine of Valois, the widow of Henry V. Owen descended from a prominent family from Penmynydd in the Isle of Anglesey, and was the grandfather of Henry VII, who founded the Tudor dynasty.

The Red Dragon of Wales includes the coat of arms used by the last native Prince of Wales, Llywelyn ap Gruffudd The dragon’s origin is based upon the story of the dragon on Llewelyn the Last’s castle grounds. Henry VII took on the symbol in a nod to his supposed descent from the Cadwaladr. Now, the Red Dragon design is available as the third overall release in the series, and the second release of the 2017 schedule.

  • On the reverse of the 2017 British Queen’s Beast Dragon Coin is the image of the Red Dragon of Wales. The dragon is often depicted holding a shield bearing a lion in each quarter of it, which accurately depicts the coat of arms used by Llywelyn.

Upcoming Release of Gold Coin Designs in the Queen’s Beast Series

The Royal Mint plans to emulate all of the designs from Woodford’s original collection of statues, with Jody Clark set to create all 10 reverse coin designs. The series is set to release two coins annually, with the exception of two of the years. The 2016 debut of the coins featured only the Lion of England release, and the final year of 2021 will have just one release as well. Here are the future design concepts from the 2nd coin of 2017 through until the end of the program:

  • The Falcon of the Plantagenets
  • The Black Bull of Clarence
  • The Yale of Beaufort
  • The White Lion of Mortimer
  • The White Greyhound of Richmond
  • The Unicorn of Scotland
  • The White Horse of Hanover

Background on the Royal Mint

Originally founded as the London Mint in 886, the British Royal Mint is one of the oldest operating facilities in the world. Throughout its history, the Royal Mint has produced some of the most widely used coins in the world, due in large part to the size and scope of the former British Empire. Coins from the Royal Mint were once used from North America to Europe, Australia, Africa, and Southeast Asia.

Today, the Royal Mint remains one of the foremost facilities in the world. The most popular product from the mint is the sovereign Britannia coin. On the reverse face of each coin is the image of the mythical Britannia, a goddess from Roman times who was believed to have watched over the nation. She is featured on each Silver Britannia coin with a trident in one hand and a shield bearing the Union Jack flag of the United Kingdom, her eyes constantly fixed on the English Channel separating the British Isles from mainland Europe.

Buying Gold Coins from JM Bullion

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