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2014 Britannia Silver Bullion Coins
Reverse of 2014 Bullion Silver Britannia
Obverse of 2014 Bullion Silver Britannia
2014 Britannia 'Mule'
We received our first delivery of 2014 silver Britannias on the 22nd November 2013.
Since their release in 1997 silver Britannias have always been struck in - rather aptly - Britannia silver. Until 2013. Silver Britannias are now being struck in 0.999 silver as opposed to 0.958 Britannia silver. We are not sure of the exact reasons for this - and can only speculate at this point - but we imagine it is to bring them in line with other World Mints. The Austrian Philharmonic, Chinese Panda, American Eagle, Canadian Maple and Australian silver bullion coins are all produced in fine silver.
We think it's a shame that The Royal Mint have opted to change the purity of the Britannia as opposed to designing a new one ounce silver bullion coin but who are we to question why?
Introduced in 1997 following the success of the gold Britannia, the Royal Mint started to produce a one ounce silver Britannia coin with a face value of two pounds (£2).The concept of the one ounce bullion coin was to provide an easy way to purchase convenient small quantities of bullion silver in the form of coins.
For the first time in 2013, the purity is 0.999
Fourth Portrait. From 1998, as with all British coins, the obverse design changed to the 'fourth portrait' showing a more mature likeness of The Queen.
The reverse of this coin is the classic standing Britannia.
A Britannia Mule?
In March 2014, reports began to surface that The Royal Mint had made an error during production, and that 'mule' versions of the 2014 Britannias and 2014 Lunar Horses exist. A ‘mule’ is a coin that has been struck using two dies that are not meant to be paired together. In this case, the 2014 Britannia obverse has been paired with the 2014 Lunar Horse reverse, and vice-versa. An estimated 38,000 of the Lunar Horse mules exist – 12.6% of the total mintage. 17,000 of the Britannia mules exist, but as the mintage is unlimited, we expect these to be more rare.
We have not had any of the mules in stock.
|Silver Content||9999 / 1000|
|Total weight||31.21 grams|
|Fine weight||31.10 grams|
Although the Royal Mint charge more for their silver Britannias than most if not all other mints, the production quality that we have received for the past two years is now definitely the worst we have seen for any bullion coin from any world mint. If quality of finish is important to you, then buy any other silver bullion coin. The most competitively priced are generally the Austrian Silver Philharmoniker, although "Our Choice" is even better.
The quality is so bad we have written a blog post to try and highlight this problem to more people. You can read more here.
We are yet to discover whether The Royal Mint will be selling these to distributors at a trade discount. If we can offer them, we will. If you would like us to add you to our wishlist please telephone us on 01253 343081, then we will contact you as soon as they become available - and we guarantee that we will be cheaper than the official issue price.
Many of our customers are happy to invest in silver and pay the VAT, currently at 20% and we are more than happy to supply investment silver. The advantage of purchasing silver Britannias over any of the other silver one ounce coins is that as they are legal tender Sterling they are exempt from Capital Gains Tax (CGT).
If you would like to avoid the VAT as well as the CGT then we would recommend either Sovereigns or Britannias of any date. For more information on investing in gold please visit our gold website www.taxfreegold.co.uk
The silver proof version should be available later on in the year and it should also be available in a set. Please see our Silver Britannia Sets page for further details.
There is also the usual gold proof version.
The Story of Britannia on British Coins
We have earlier Britannias available.
2014 Australian Silver Kookaburras
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