The 2021 Britannia 1oz gold coin is the first in the new generation of The Royal Mint’s ultra secure bullion coins. The coins maintain the 24-carat gold (999.9 fineness), but now feature four new design elements:
- The background of the coin has micro detailing to give the image of waves behind the lady Britannia. If you angle the coin, these waves appear to move.
- Britannia’s shield now has additional line work detailing.
- A new inner rim has been added with more Latin text, reading ‘Decus Et Tutamen’, which means ‘An ornament and a safeguard’.
- A new hologram has been added which shows a Trident at first – in keeping with the naval theme – but which changes to a padlock when the coin is tilted; a not-so-subtle reference to the coin’s new security.
Aside these additions, Philip Nathan’s classic engraving remains the same, as does obverse of the coin which continues to bear the fifth portrait of Queen Elizabeth II (first introduced to British coinage in 2015).
Gold Britannia’s are one of the most popular gold coins for UK-based private investors, as they are both Capital Gains Tax free (CGT exempt) and VAT-free as investment gold.