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Britannia on British Coins
This page started out as a brief history of the figure of Britannia, mainly as she appears on British coins, but has now grown too long, and we have therefore split this page into a number of shorter sections or chapters.
- Roman Times
Claudius, Hadrian Antoninus Pius & The first mention and personification of Britannia.
- 1672 Charles II
The Duchess of Richmond models for the first British Britannia coins.
- Tin Money
In 1684, Tin farthings were introduced, followed by halfpennies.
- Copper Returns
Farthings and halfpennies were again made of copper starting in 1694 for William & Mary.
- The Queen Anne Farthing
Pattern farthings dated 1714 are a famous rarity.
- The First Three Georges
"Dump" issues, forgeries, and change.
- Tokens - Private Money
Because of the shortage of regal small change, privately issued tokens appeared.
- Steam Power - Boulton & Watt
Matthew Boulton brought the Industrial Revolution to coinage.
- About Turn
Britannia turns the other cheek for George IV.
- Britannia Spreads Herself Around
On half and third farthings, and groats, for Malta and elsewhere.
- Britannia's Holiday Travels
To Ionia and British Guiana.
- Victorian Era
The change from copper to bronze.
- British Trade Dollars & The East
Issued for the Straits Settlements, Malaya, and Singapore.
- Standing Around for Edward VII
Britannia stands to attention on florins.
- World War I
Appearance on memorial plaques.
- George V
Including 1933, the most famous penny.
- Edward VIII
- George VI
Newly engraved design.
- Elizabeth II
With decimalisation, Britannia promoted to fifty pences.
- Medals & Ships
Britannia appears on medallions in various forms.
- The Royal Yacht
A Royal tradition.
- Gold Britannia Coins
Britannia gets her own coin named after her.
- Silver Britannia Coins
And another, in Britannia silver, naturally.
- Platinum Britannia Coins
And another, in Platinum.
- The Euro?
Will Britannia appear on Euros?
- Spelling Errors in Britannia on Coins
It may be surprising to learn that Mints can allow spelling errors to creep onto coins.
- Farewell Britannia?
Gordon Brown says Uncool Britannia must go.
Corrections, Additions & Updates
We are not infallible, and if any reader spots any errors on this or other pages of our site, we will welcome your input.
We will be upgrading some of the photographs used.
10th May 2010
You may wish to visit some of our other pages:
Welsh Dragon on British Coins
Value of my Coin. What's it Worth?
British Coin Denominations. What's a Groat,? etc.
Common Names of British Coins. What's a Tanner?
Strange Descriptions of Britannia Received in E-mail Enquiries
Britannia Coins Index
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