Britannia a symbol intertwined in our history for centuries, issued by the Royal mint.
The evocative figure of Britannia has long been a symbol of national pride. She made her debut on the coins of the Romans and has, from Tudor times, beautifully symbolised an empire based maritime power.
The first English coins to bear the figure of Britannia were the copper coins of Charles II and, always reflecting the changing status of the island nation as well as her ancient origins. She has never been absent from the coinage since.
Britannia great and free, has fascinated artists and sculptors throughout her long history and remains a favourite icon for British stamps, medals and coins.
This image of Britannia, standing on the shoreline as both protector and peacemaker, with her hair and gown streaming in the sea breeze. Holding a trident in her out stretched hand, while he other hand is resting on a shield. Her helmet recalls her roman ancestry, its elongated visor and plume giving her an elegance and grace that no way detracts from her inherent strength.
The bold design and the original portrait of Britannia was created by sculptor Philip Nathan .
The obverse Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II was designed by Ian Rank-Broadley FRBS
Like the coins from 1987, the designs on both obverse and reverse are framed with the ornate crenellated border peculiar to Britannia coins.
Romans named , our island of England and Scotland Britannia .
When they first invaded nearly a thousand years ago.
The Roman Emperor Hadrian (117-138 AD), who erected a shrine in York,
dedicated to Britannia the Goddess.
The illustrious Britannia embraced by the nation she represents.
The coin comes complete with Certificate of Authenticity, box and cardboard outer
Metal: .958% fine silver
Denomination: Two Pounds
Diameter: 40 mm
Weight: 32.454 grams