British Royal Mint Unveils Glorious 2009 Britannia Gold Proof Collection

by Royal Mint on July 22, 2009 · 0 comments

The Royal Mint is delighted to introduce the 2009 Britannia collection, featuring Philip Nathan’s famous 1997 design of Britannia standing tall in her chariot.

Royal Mint 2009 Britannia Gold Proof Coins

His stunning design appears on the reverse, while the current portrait of Her Majesty the Queen takes pride of place on the obverse – the first time that the two designs have appeared alongside each other on a gold coin.  

The 2009 collection is the eighth in a series of Britannia commemorative coins to be released since their inception by the Royal Mint in 1987. Unusually for UK gold coins, the Britannia Collection is struck to 22 carat gold Proof quality, but with a small quantity of silver added to the alloy, resulting in a brilliant yellow gold finish.

Britannia has seen a wide range of interpretations and this offering from Philip Nathan draws its inspiration from Boudicca, the famous warrior queen who led the heroic and daring revolt against the Romans.

Dave Knight, Director of Commemorative Coin at the Royal Mint said:


"Bringing together Philip Nathan’s powerful design with the current portrait of the Queen for the first time on the gold Britannia family makes these coins especially desirable.

"His design was chosen for the special 10th anniversary of the gold Britannia collection in 1997 and it is a real pleasure to see it return this year."


The 2009 Britannia Collection comprises:

  • The four-coin set: £100, £50, £25 and £10 gold Proof coin, with a product issue limit of 1,250 and priced at £2,050.

    Royal Mint 2009 Britannia Gold Proof Four-Coin Set

    The set comes beautifully presented in a luxury walnut-veneer display case and is accompanied by a numbered Certificate of Authenticity. Purchasing this set is the only way to own the £100 and £50 2009 Britannia gold Proof coins.

  • The £25 and £10 coins can be purchased individually priced at £285 and £137.50 respectively. The latter is restricted to a product issue limit of just 750, the lowest ever issue limit since its introduction in 1987. The £25 version has a product issue limit of 1,000. Both are accompanied by a numbered Certificate of Authenticity.


For further details or to purchase your 2009 Britannia Coin, visit the Royal Mint website at,  write to: The Royal Mint, FREEPOST, NAT23496, PO Box 500, Llantrisant, Pontyclun, CF72 8YT, or call the Royal Mint Customer Services Team on:

  • 0845 60 88 222 (Customers in the UK and Ireland)
  • International FREEPHONE 01-866-519-7298 (USA)
  • International FREEPHONE 1-866-924-0861 (Canada)

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Britannia Gold Proof Coin specifications are as follows:







22 Carat Gold (0.9167 AU)

Min Fine Gold Content





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Year Date


Obverse Designer

Ian Rank-Broadley FRBS

Reverse Designer

Philip Nathan


About The Royal Mint

The Royal Mint is a department of government and its primary responsibility remains the provision of the United Kingdom coinage. Its reputation, however, extends beyond this and internationally it has a reputation for making some fascinating coins for over 100 countries.

The history of the Royal Mint itself stretches back over 1100 years. There is an unbroken link from the scattered workshops of the moneyers of Anglo-Saxon London to a single mint within the Tower of London, from a purpose-built premises at Tower Hill to the huge modern coining plant in South Wales.

In April 1975 the Mint was established as a Government Trading Fund, operationally very similar to a government-owned company.

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