The Royal British Mint will issue the 2011 Britannia one ounce silver crown with a new reverse design featuring a seated version of Britannia with a billowing union jack cleverly super-imposed in front.
The design is the work of David Mach and described as very patriotic in its approach for this very popular bullion crown size coin. Britannia appears seated with a trident and shield, in the style of the classic image on pre-decimal pennies since Charles II. She appears at the heart of the billowing Union Flag.
The obverse carries the well known and current circulation portrait of H.M. Queen Elizabeth II by Ian Rank-Broadley.
The 2011 Silver Britannia coins will be struck to bullion standard quality with a purity of .958 silver. The weight of the coin is 32.45 grams with a diameter of 40 mm. The coins will also be available in proof quality later in the year, as well as in smaller fractions of 1/2, 1/4 and 1/10 ounce weights. Gold versions of this very popular series are also available in proof quality and in fractional sets.
For more information on this coin, please visit the website of the Royal Mint at: http://www.royalmint.com/