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Reverse of 2014 Silver Britannia

Reverse of 2014 Bullion Silver Britannia

Britannias Index

Obverse of 2014 Silver Britannia

Obverse of 2014 Bullion Silver Britannia

2014 Silver Britannias

2014 Bullion Silver Britannias

2014 Britannia 'Mule'

2014 Britannia 'Mule'

2014 One Ounce Silver Proof Britannia Reverse

2014 One Ounce Silver Proof Britannia Reverse

2014 One Ounce Silver Proof Britannia Obverse

2014 One Ounce Silver Proof Britannia Obverse

2014 Proof Britannia in Presentation Box

2014 Proof Britannia in Presentation Box

We received our first delivery of 2014 silver Britannias on the 22nd November 2013.

Britannia Silver

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?

The History of the Silver Britannia

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

Oxymoron

Here is an oxymoron. A silver Britannia coin which is not a Britannia silver coin. Yes the British Royal Mint, in their infinite wisdom, have changed the alloy of the silver bullion Britannia coin from 958 parts per thousand fine silver to 999 parts per thousand. 958 fine silver is known as Britannia silver, and was first introduced in 1697 partly to deter clipping of silver coins. Ever since the Royal Mint started making silver bullion Britannias in 1998 (there were proof ones in 1997), they have always been made of Britannia silver. As far as we know, the Royal Mint have not publicly stated the reason for the change., but we suspect it may be for export markets, which are probably more important for the Mint than the domestic market. Now the new ones are made of 999 fine silver, they could be useful in an emergency. (For American viewers, we dial 999 not 911). The change could just be to save costs, as the blanks for the new coins will not need to be alloyed, cutting out a stage in production.

Obverse Design

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.

Reverse Design

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.

2014 Silver Britannia Specifications

Denomination2 Pounds
Diameter38.21 mm
Silver Content9999 / 1000
Total weight31.21 grams
Fine weight31.10 grams

2014 Silver Bullion Britannia

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.

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Silver Proof Britannia

The 2014 silver proof issues sees a new standing Britannia design.

This is the second year, the design of the uncirculated and proof versions are different, we believe in an attempt to differentiate between the substandard uncirculated coin and the better quality proof coins.

Obverse
Fourth Portrait
The obverse bears the Ian Rank-Broadley portrait of Her Majesty the Queen with the legal tender value of each coin below the portrait, in use since 1998, as with all British coins, the obverse design changed to the "fourth portrait", showing a more mature likeness of The Queen.

Reverse Design for 2014
Designed by Jody Clark, the 2014 proof version depicts Britannia standing with a tamed lion at her feet and a three-dimensional globe in the background.

Prices & Availability

We expect to receive our first delivery of 2014 Proof Britannia coins the beginning of August 2014. You can pre-order your coin now and we will contact you to arrange despatch when we receive them.

When compared to the Royal Mint price of £92.50 you will make a saving of £7.50 per item when ordering from us.

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2014 Silver Proof Britannia Set

Investment Silver

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).

Investment Gold

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

Proof Britannias - Singles & Sets

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.

Postage & Packing:

UK: At buyer's Risk £3.50 or
Fully Insured £9 (Usually by Royal Mail Special Delivery)
USA: Airmail at buyer's risk $10 or
Fully Insured $20
For further details, please see our Postage & Packing page.

The Story of Britannia on British Coins
We have earlier Britannias available.
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Gold Britannia Bullion Coins

For more information about Gold Britannia bullion coins of all four sizes, and information about tax free gold, please visit our newest web site Tax Free Gold

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