Yesterday, the Royal British Mint launched two limited edition sets to mark the 25th anniversary of the release of the first proof Gold Britannia coins in 1987.
Britannia has appeared on English coins since the seventeenth century and has become an emblem for Great Britain. The release of gold proof Britannia coins in 1987 was followed by silver coins in 1997. Currently, there are annual releases of gold and silver bullion coins as well as various numismatic versions. Designs have rotated, although several years have used the original 1987 design, which has also been selected for 2012.
The 2012 Britannia 9 Coin Silver Set includes nine one-half silver ounce coins featuring all nine of the designs featured since 1987. The sets come with a 25th anniversary booklet and certificate. The worldwide mintage is limited to 2,012 sets and the price on the Royal Mint site is £500.00. (Royal Mint page)
The 9 Coin Gold Set includes one-half ounce gold coins featuring the nine designs. The sets also come with a booklet and certificate. This set is apparently limited to just 25 and only available to purchase exclusively via The Royal Mint’s international contact center at 1-866-519-7298. I have not seen any indication of the pricing, but I am guessing it would be into five figures.
These sets would surely make for a stunning display, but they are priced at a premium to intrinsic value which is more aggressive than most other world mints. For the few years I have been watching Royal Mint products, I have seen them offer some extremely high end products with very limited mintages that are likely targeted at a very upscale market as opposed to the typical collector.
I have been enjoying the Britannia coins with the annual purchase of the one ounce silver bullion versions. I have yet to venture into any of the proof versions or numismatic sets.