The Royal Mint has unveiled (28th September) the world’s most visually secure bullion coin, which contains four innovative security features enabling customers who purchase the Britannia range of gold bullion pieces to verify that the product is authentic merely by rotating the coins in the light.
Britannia has been the Royal Mint’s flagship bullion coin since it was first introduced in 1987. The new edition, which goes on sale from the 19th October, introduces layers of new security features which combine to make it the most visually secure coin in the world. The Royal Mint 2021 Britannia coin will include new anti-counterfeit features which include their innovative safety features using natural light to authenticate the bullion coin as genuine. The Royal Mint has seen year on year website sales of gold Britannia coins increase by 236% since April as investors look for safe-haven assets. Thus, these important new features safeguard consumers from being sold fraudulent coins purporting to be genuine gold Britannias. The new primary feature is easily visible on the coin’s surface, which includes tiny indents that can create spectacular special effects, such as the movement of waves seen in the background of the Britannia coin. The advanced technology and intricacy of the design make it incredibly difficult to replicate and gives the owner confidence that they have a genuine gold product simply by rotating it in the light.
Additional features include:
- Latent image: First introduced on the reverse side of £2 circulation coins in 1997, the latent image acts like a hologram and changes from a padlock to a trident when the coin is seen from different angles.
- Surface animation: Micro details on the coin combine to create the illusion of waves rolling behind the figure of Britannia. These are made using advanced *picosecond lasers and come to life as the coin is rotated.
- Micro-text: The addition of the Latin inscription DECUS ET TUTAMEN, which translates to “an ornament and a safeguard,” surrounds the figure of Britannia, and is created using specialist lasers.
- Tincture lines: To reinforce security, the Royal Mint has reintroduced the traditional art of tincture lines, depicting colours and patterns on metal.
*The Royal Mint was one of the first mints in the world to use advanced picosecond lasers, used in medicine and aerospace, for the production of coins. This technology enables the Royal Mint to work on a submicron level, creating intricate designs using indents which are 200 times narrower than the width of a human hair.
Together these tiny indents can create spectacular special effects, such as the movement of waves seen in the background of the Britannia coin. The advanced technology and intricacy of the design make it incredibly difficult to replicate and gives the owner confidence that they have a genuine gold product simply by rotating it in the light.
The range, which is available from the 19th October, consists of sizes from one-ounce gold, 1/2-ounce, 1/4-ounce, and 1/10-ounce, and silver one-ounce weights.
The exemplary reverse design created by Royal Mint artisan Philip Nathan was introduced with the original coins first released in 1987 and includes a standing helmeted Britannia carrying a trident in her right hand while resting her left hand on a shield depicting the Union Jack.
The obverse side includes the fifth numismatic effigy of HM Queen Elizabeth II created by Jody Clark and was introduced onto British circulation and commemorative coinage in 2015.
For additional information about the Royal Mint’s bullion range of coinage, please visit their website.