British Britannia Overview
The classic image of Britannia appearing on the reverse of the Britannia originated on Roman coins nearly 2000 years ago. Designed by sculptor Philip Nathan, “Standing Britannia” was introduced in 1987 on the gold Britannia coin, one of the world’s most beautiful bullion coins.
Throughout history, the symbol of Britannia has also been portrayed seated on various British coins, including copper halfpennies and farthings of Charles II from 1672, bronze coins and fifty pence coins. From 1901 to 1935 she appeared standing on British Trade Dollars, and from 1902 to 1910, on the florins of Edward VII.
British Britannia Design
On the obverse is an image of a mature Elizabeth II, with the words ELIZABETH II DEI.GRATIA.REGINA. F. D. arcing around the top, and the words ONE HUNDRED POUNDS arcing at the bottom.
On the reverse is the Standing Britannia portrayed as a beautiful young woman, wearing the helmet of a centurion, and wrapped in a white garment. She is usually shown seated on a rock, holding a spear, and with a spiked shield propped beside her with the arcing words ONE OUNCE FINE GOLD BRITANNIA and the mint date. The designer’s last name is under her feet.