2013 Britannia Gold and Silver Proof Coins

The Royal British Mint has unveiled the 2013 Britannia Gold and Silver Proof Coins. These coins feature an all new design of the iconic figure and represent the start of a new design series for the numismatic product range.

Starting in 2013, the Royal Mint made significant changes to the Britannia program. The purity of the coins was changed from the traditional 22 karat gold (91.67%) and “Britannia silver” (95.8%) to the finer purity of 99.99% gold and 99.9% silver. The typical mintage limit of 100,000 for the silver bullion coins was removed. Lastly, the bullion versions would now feature the static design of Philip Nathan’s “Standing Britannia” while the numismatic versions would feature a new design for each year of issue.

2013 Proof Silver Britannia
The design for this year’s numismatic versions was created by portrait sculptor Robert Hunt and features Britannia seated and dressed in classical robes, creating a familiar appearance. However, her head appears turned, symbolizing an interest in lands beyond her borders. She wears a Corinthian helmet and holds Neptune’s trident to represent her claim as “ruler of the waves.” An owl is present as a symbol of wisdom. The image appears solitary against an empty field with the exception of the word “BRITANNIA” at the upper left. The precious metal content and date appear at the base.

The new design was revealed on the Royal Mint’s website, which has a section dedicated to the new Britannia coins available for pre-order in a wide array of different sizes and product options.

The silver products include a 1 oz brilliant uncirculated coin, 1 oz proof, two coin set (1/10 oz and 1/20 oz), five coin set (1 oz, 1/2 oz, 1/4 oz, 1/10 oz, and 1/20 oz), and 5 oz proof coin struck in high relief.

The gold options include a 1/20 oz proof, three coin proof set (1/4 oz, 1/10 oz, 1/20 oz), three coin premium proof set (1/2 oz, 1/4 oz, and 1/10 oz), five coin proof set (1 oz, 1/2 oz, 1/4 oz, 1/10 oz, and 1/20 oz), and 5 oz proof coin in high relief.

Earlier this year many readers voiced complaints related to the quality of the 2013 Britannia Silver Bullion Coins, although initial sales easily eclipsed prior year levels. These new numismatic releases represent the other side of the Royal Mint’s attempt to expand and revamp the Britannia program. In time, we will see if collector response is more favorable.

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  1. Louis says

    The design is different and interesting, but what about mintage levels for the proofs? I checked the Mint’s site and did not see anything. The proofs used to be very low mintage coins, but perhaps now they will be unlimited like the BU coins, which is disappointing.

  2. Michael Zielinski says

    The specifications tab on each product page indicates an issue limit. The limits are quite low for most of them.

  3. RB says

    I think the limit is 2500 on the proof 1oz. I bought mine from the royal mint a few days ago. FYI, the coin plus shipping (to CA) was $139 and they are already on ebay for $180.

  4. fmtransmitter says

    Thank you Michael. I actually like the new style. In a 5 oz version struck in High Relief, which has been my new “THANG”, mouth is watering…Will make a decision once I get these pre orders out of the way. Anyone have a re-seller they could recommend for Royal Mint Products at reasonable rates besides eBay?

  5. fmtransmitter says

    Well, it is 4 am in Britain and as I placed my order for the 1 ounce Proof with a limited mintage of just 2500, I saw the price 92.50 pounds. When I completed the checkout process the price was reduced to 77.08 pounds plus 12.50 international shipping. I am now the PROUD owner of only 2500 people on the planet Earth that owns this beautiful piece of history. I can only see the value increase. I just wanted to give a heads up the the price drop for silver is being reflected now. Get em while their hot and still available! Thanks again Michael.

  6. ibex66 says

    Geez like $137 USD for the one ounce proof – UK stuff is always so over priced. Do like the coin though and the small mintage but does come in the 5-coin set also which kind of sour the deal.

  7. ultra-crepidarian says

    I know these coins are not as popular with US collectors as I think they should be but I decided to take a flyer. I ordered 5 of the one ounce proofs (Product code: BR13SO) directly from The Royal Mint.

    I read some posts on other sites that misstated some basic information on the coins. First is the price of the coins. If you go to the site you see the costs of the silver proof coins as 92.50 pounds or approximately 92.50 x 1.49 = $137.83. But this cost includes taxes that you (in the United States) are not subject to. Once you register at the site and log in you get the US price of 77.08 pounds or approximately 77.08 x 1.49 = $114.85.

    Next is the shipping cost of 12.5 pounds. Enter the code HT7WEB and get free shipping. My net cost (not including the foreign transaction fees on my American Express) for the 5 proof coins was 385.42 pounds or 385.42 x 1.49 = $574.28 or about $115 per coin. That is not a bad price given the limited mintage.

  8. fmtransmitter says

    @ultra-crepidarian: We must of been ordering at same time! HA! I did not know about the code. I am also not a flipper so only purchased one. I emailed them the code and asked for refund. We will see.Either way, I want this coin for my collection PERIOD. I think you made a very smart purchase my friend. Enjoy!

  9. fmtransmitter says

    Also ultra-crepidarian, thank you for the explanation for price drop. Watch it go down even further with London’s fix on Silver later today! Ha…

  10. ultra-crepidarian says

    @fmtransmitter – Sorry I didn’t post sooner. I was going to suggest you cancel and reorder with the code. I would be interested in knowing if they honor the code after the fact.

    Also that 2,500 issue limit is misleading. That number doesn’t refer to the actual mintage. It just means that they will only sell 2,500 individual coins with that particular packaging.

    Check out the 5-coin silver proof set. That set also includes the one once proof coin with an issue limit of 8,500 coins. But that is OK. If the mintage is too small the coins will not develop a strong collector base. The future value of the coin will depend heavily on collector interest.

    And yes I think that the 5 ounce high relief coin is an attractive option. But personally, I have a strong preference for dealing in one ounce modern numismatic bullion coins.

  11. fmtransmitter says

    @ultra-crepidarian: I just checked my card and they did not ding it. Should I try and cancel and re-order? I had no idea that the mintage means that is the most you can buy in ONE ORDER? WOW! I may just cancel for good but I do want this for the collection. I will cancel and try to re-order after I hear back from them. I emailed them, I will wait for their response and update on here later today. Thanks again.

  12. fmtransmitter says

    Here we go with the old PACKAGING scenario again. It paid off for the 2012 Limited Edition Silver Proof set in USA but geez, I want the coin, not the box already! LOL

  13. fmtransmitter says

    So 10,000 of the 1 OZ Proofs to be made…Still low mintage, just the way I like them although 2,500 sounded a whole lot nicer. But, I get your point with minting enough to draw a base. IMHO, with this being a BRAND NEW design on a classic coin I am hoping it will be a winner. Once again we roll the dice. I always played High Low in Vegas with 31:1 odds and won…

  14. fmtransmitter says

    Could not find a mintage limit on the BU version. May be minted to demand. US price for BU, $47.92 USD….

  15. Schalk says


    The Royal Mint only charges your card when they ship the coin. Give them a call on their US toll-free number and ask them to remove shipping.

    The 5 oz mintage is only 1000 pieces. At £375 for US customers this coin will sell out soon.

  16. fmtransmitter says

    11,000, darn it I am tired…Long day at work..My apologies…I hate leaving wrong information and apologize…

  17. fmtransmitter says

    @Schalk: I know! I cannot afford it with my WP SE’s 70′s coming any day now. I wish I could. That 5 OZ HR is going to be stunning. I KNOW the Royal Mint would just love to show the US up in the 5 OZ range coins…And I bet they will…

  18. im just a bill says

    5 oz higher relief


    1,000 mintage


    to bad the queen is on it


    i love the design tho, an owl and a naked titty :) even though it looks like a mans face hehe

  19. fmtransmitter says

    Is the 5 OZ Koala HR in concave/convex form? I saw the NGC holder for that thing, talk about overkill…

  20. im just a bill says

    for some reason my post didnt show up
    probably because of the link i left

    you can see the pics i took of mine at silver stackers
    in the silver coins forum
    scroll down to the ‘Koala 2013 5oz Proof HIGH RELIEF’ thread
    and its on page 2

  21. VABEACHBUM says

    Thanks for this update, Michael. With the introduction of the 0.999 Bullion coin earlier this year, I had been wondering what direction the Royal Mint would take for their numismatic Britannia issues. I currently have two complete sets of the UNC “Britannia Silver” coins issued between 1998 and 2012. I never tried to chase the PR strikes issued during this same time, as some of the early issues got to be a little costly.

    With 2013, I have started my new sets of 0.999 Silver Britannia Bullion Coins, and recently added a couple of the side incused, 2013 “Lunar – Snake” Britannia Bullion coins that I found priced much more reasonably than the initial offerings seen several months ago.

    I like the Royal Mint’s plan for their revamped numismatic Britannias. The rotating designs should garner a lot of interest, similar to the Chinese Pandas, but even more so if they do a good job of managing the populations. I will be adding one each of the 1 oz PR and UNC coins to my collection. I, too, am drawn to that 5 oz PR in High Relief, but it will have to be a wish list coin in the short term. And I know I’ll be kicking myself later….

  22. fmtransmitter says

    @i j a b: That is one beautiful coin. I am sure the pictures do NOT do it justice and can see why it is your favorite. Thanks again for sharing..I hope you obtain one of these in HR…Please let me know when I can view a picture of it.

    I will update when I hear from the RM if they adjust the order to reflect free shipping via the code provided. I will still order one. I like to collect firsts and proofs. Don’t make enough money for entire runs but buy plenty of bullion when I have extra cash.Got 5 bars in the mail today. Keep stacking and collecting all..

  23. fmtransmitter says

    It is becoming obvious that the Perth Mint is to the rest of the World Mints like Dick Cheney was to Bush Jr….lol They all are asking Perth for advice, and maybe permission, before making decisions and products…lol Who’s yur daddy…

  24. im just a bill says

    Does anyone know if there are more than 2, 5oz H/R coins?

    Also, would someone tell us what the first ever HR coin was? I am guessing the 2009 Ultra HR Gold Eagle?

    First Silver = 2010 Boxing Kangaroos?

  25. im just a bill says

    fm – i like firsts too
    VABB – dont kick yourself later, kick it now!


    i will if you will

  26. im just a bill says

    thanks for the article, michael
    thanks for the code, ultra crepid
    one in a thousand is pretty cool

    but, notice the diameter and mention of higher instead of high

    5 oz high relief koala 50mm /5 oz HIGHER relief brtannia 65mm

    thus, the higher relief designation as apposed to high relief.

    higher is not as high as high haha

    wonder what the thickness is?

  27. fmtransmitter says

    @Samuel: Hence the Royal Mint’s efforts to “change things up”. I thing this change will spur new interest in their numismatic collectibles…

  28. fmtransmitter says

    At least I know now that all those people with the last name JONES may have come from England! lol

  29. fmtransmitter says

    That is US dollars, hence the reason I put the $ sign. Otherwise I would have said pounds. I understand why you may have been confused but that is it for shipping to USA.

    I received both my 2012 AND 2013 UHR Kook’s graded NGC ER 70′s…My first HR’s…Love them. Thick case! There goes my slots for my NGC and PCGS plastic coin holders. They won’t fit. Too thick. Very beautiful coins, glad to add them to the collection.

  30. samuel says

    tm, ship to UK is UKP57, ship to us is UKP47, in my case. Can you check again? If it is USD47, that’s only abt UKP30 almost half price.

  31. VABEACHBUM says

    Congrats on your new HR coins, but…. you should have said Pounds….

    The price for the 2013 1oz UNC Silver Britannia (BR13AGN), discounted to the US, is 47.92 British Pounds, or approximately $72.00 (US) before shipping and any currency conversion fees from your CC. Similarly, the 1oz PR is 77.08 (PBr), discounted to the US; approximately $115 (US).

    Keep an eye out for the 2013 HR Kangaroo coin. Graded examples finally are becoming available.

  32. fmtransmitter says

    @VABEACHBUM: You are correct and my apologies…It is in Pounds..Was really late last night AGAIN…Thank you very much for correcting me.

    I am a bird lover and therefore have an eye for bird coins, although I do love the Kangaroo series, I am afraid I will get caught up and want them all as well! I have to pick an issue here, a series there, etc..No unlimited pockets here.

    My HR’s are stunning examples…Thank you again for kind words…

  33. ultra-crepidarian says

    @ fmtransmitter says:
    July 10, 2013 at 11:11 am

    Thanks for letting me know. I am glad you got your postage rebated!

  34. Louis says

    @UC- Thanks for the code. Do you know if it’s a one-time thing, or if it can be used more than once. I think the 1 oz proof with free shipping is worth it and the price is in line with RCM and Perth releases, but the BU coin is too much. I think that will be cheaper from the bullion dealers like APMEX later. They also make some nice proof sets, but way they are too expensive.

  35. fosnock says

    @Louis – I’m also waiting to pull the trigger. FYI I picked up a 2010 graded (NGC PF69) proof Britannia for $85 off of E-bay…the 2010 proof has a total mintage of 5K. Maybe with the revamp they will be worth ore but…

  36. Louis says

    For those who bought the RCM $5 gold coin, I submitted mine (hand selected, not premium hand selected) and PCGS gave it MS63. I am pleased with the outcome.

  37. fmtransmitter says

    @Samuel: My first time as well. Would appreciate comparing thoughts on quality, eye appeal, etc…

  38. VaBeachSteve says

    @fm …… Your constant talk of that 5oz’r sucked me in … Just put my order in for one along with two of the 1 oz proofs. Now the waiting game begins

  39. samuel says

    FM, this is my first time deal with Royalmint directly. but i do have 09,10,11,12 proof coins from them. they r beautiful, but easy to get hazy on the mirror surface. 09 is my favorite, have multiple and the 4-coin set.

  40. fmtransmitter says

    @VaBeachSteve: I think you made a wise choice. I WISH I could have bought that coin. If you ever need to sell I would recommend a TPG to grade it. If it doesn’t come back 69 or 70, wish is highly unlikely, you will always get MOST back. More in graded and at the very least, spot or just above. Either way, I hope you will keep it and enjoy it. Let me know your thoughts once you receive it please.

    @samuel: I have heard of the “hazy” issues. I always put my proofs in direct fit air tights to prevent this. Seems to work fine.

  41. VABEACHBUM says

    @ Louis – That is AWESOME, especially considering that the coin you received was luck of the draw. Thanks for the update. I remember when the RCM offered them, but I cannot remember the details of how they were marketed; for instance – age, condition, grading potential, etc. Out of curiousity, what were your thoughts on the grading potential of the coin as you were getting ready to ship it??

  42. Louis says

    @VABEACHBUM- Thanks so much. I figured it was around MS63 as it did not have a lot of marks, and that had a lot to do with why I sent it in. I also figured that in this case the special label has some value, as it shows the provenance of the coin.

  43. Sal says

    I used the free shipping code that was offered earlier in the post and although it initially went through I was still charged shipping. Anyone else experience this?

  44. Johan says

    It is disturbing to see the new overall design 2013 on the Britannia. The design by Nathan has more style and dignity to the Britannia figure. This latest version is far less attractive, with the Britannia is having pregnant like belly while sitting down.
    Talking about sinplicity, the Guernsey One ounce 8 Doubles Bullion coin is a better design than this. Then again this is my preference, beauty is in the eye of the beholder though

  45. Samuel Hendrix says

    As the newbie here, I am confused about the new Britannia design. Is it being minted on the £2 bullion coin, or only on a higher denomination coin?

  46. Samuel Hendrix says

    A search of the internet answered my questions. The Royal British Mint will issue the silver Britannia in both a bullion and a new brilliant uncirculated numismatic coin each year. There will be proof and uncirculated coins for each making a total of four different collectible Silver Britannia’s minted annually,

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