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The British Gold Britannia

Weight: Spot Price: Buy Price:
1.00 oz £ 1,477.22 £ 1,543.57
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Gold Britannia Coins for Sale

What is a Gold Britannia Coin?

The Britannia Gold Bullion Coin is a one troy ounce gold coin minted by the British Royal Mint.

The Britannia Gold Bullion Coin is a gold bullion coin (1 oz) which is 0.9999 pure and was first minted by the Royal Mint in 1987.

Capital Gains Tax (CGT) Free

GoldCore recommends Gold Britannias to our UK clients as one of the most tax-efficient ways to invest in gold and own gold, due to them being capital gains tax (CGT) free.

Since its launch over thirty years ago, the Britannia Gold Coin has become popular and trusted in the international gold market and with UK gold buyers. British Britannia gold coins are purchased by bought collectors, store of value bullion buyers and tax-aware investors.

What Are the Benefits of British Gold Britannia Coins?

  • Britannia 1Oz Gold Bullion coin contains one troy ounce of 24 carats 999.9 fine gold
  • Capital Gains Tax (CGT) free and VAT free in the UK
  • Legal tender coin backed by the UK Treasury
  • Minted since 1817 - known and trusted internationally
  • British Royal Mint is one of leading mints in the world
  • Competitive pricing and bullion premiums
  • Portable, internationally liquid form of financial insurance

How to Buy Gold Britannia Coins?

Buying Gold Britannia Coins is an easy and simple process. You can buy Gold Britannia Coins online in the UK for Delivery or Storage using the BUY button or you can call our office to place your order over the phone.

We sell Gold Britannias and all major bullion coin and bar bullion formats and you can pay by bank wire, credit card or debit card.

We make a market in Britannias and offer fully insured delivery to our British clients throughout the UK - in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland - from our depository partner vaults in London and Zurich.

Insured delivery of Gold Britannia's, including monster boxes, to homes or offices, is also popular and many clients do both - take delivery of some Gold Britannia's and own the rest in Secure Storage.

Many of our UK clients opt to store their Gold Britannia's in fully insured, offshore Secure Storage jurisdictions. We specialise in offering clients access to allocated and segregated bullion storage in secure non-bank vault partners in safer jurisdictions in the world such as Zurich, Hong Kong and Singapore.


Live Prices

Order Value Price Premium
£ 0 - £ 49,999 £ 1,543.56 4.49%
£ 50,000 - £ 99,999 £ 1,541.82 4.37%
£ 100,000 - £ 249,999 £ 1,539.20 4.20%
£ 250,000 - £ 399,999 £ 1,538.32 4.14%
£ 400,000 - £ 649,999 £ 1,538.32 4.14%
£ 650,000 - £ 749,999 £ 1,536.58 4.02%
£ 750,000 - £ 999,999 £ 1,537.45 4.08%
£ 1,000,000 + £ 1,536.58 4.02%

How Much Gold is in a British Gold Britannia?

When launched in 1987, the Britannia was produced in a 22-carat gold format, giving a gold content of 91.67%, or fineness of 0.9167. Since 2013, the Britannia has been manufactured as a 99.99% pure gold bullion.

The 1Oz Gold Britannia coin is legal tender in the UK and has a face value of £100, the largest face value on any UK coin. Additionally, the Mint ultimately reports to the UK Treasury which stands over the coin’s authenticity. Each year, The Royal Mint’s coins, including the gold Britannia, are independently verified for authenticity and accuracy.

Therefore an investment in Gold Britannias is an investment in pure gold coin.

Gold Britannia coins have a diameter of 38.61 mm, a thickness of between 1.58mm and 1.65mm, and reeded markings on the coin’s edge.

The reverse face of the coin features the well-known Britannia design by sculptor, Philip Nathan, created for the coin’s 1987 launch, and referred to as a “Standing Britannia’.

Around the scene in a circular inscription are the words “ONE OUNCE FINE GOLD BRITANNIA” and the year of issue.

The obverse face of the 2013 coin displays a portrait of Queen Elizabeth II. In a circular inscription around the head are the words” ELIZABETH II DEI GRATIA REGINA F.D.” and the face value of “100 POUNDS”.

Who Makes British Gold Brittania?

The Gold Britannia is manufactured at The Royal Mint of the UK. Originally in the infamous Tower of London, The Royal Mint is now located in Llantrisant, South Wales, and was opened by Queen Elizabeth II in 1968. The mint facility is located on a 35-acre site and is guarded by the Ministry of Defence Police.

The Royal Mint manufactures coins and medals for approximately 60 countries each year and is the world’s leading export mint.The Royal Mint was originally established in 1279 and resided in the Tower of London. The mint then moved to larger facilities on nearby Tower Hill in London in 1811, before its second move to Wales in 1968.

In the years prior to 1987, the UK Treasury gave consideration to and planned a British one-ounce gold coin that could compete on the international market with similar one-ounce gold coins issued by the United States, Canadian and South African national mints.

The Mint held a competition for the coin’s design, where 52 designs by 14 designers were submitted for consideration. It was this competition that sculptor Philip Nathan won, when one of his design submissions was selected by the judging panel.

The new coin was formally announced by the then Chancellor of the Exchequer (and Master of the Mint), Nigel Lawson, and officially, Queen Elizabeth II, via the Privy Council Office, directed the Mint to produce the Britannia in 1987.

There have been a number of different Britannia images over the coin’s 26-year history. The original 1987 design was used every year until 1997 when a 10th-anniversary design was introduced, which featured Britannia on a two-horse chariot. This design also featured on the 2009 coin.

Should I Invest in British Gold Brittania?

Buying Britannia gold bullion coins is a low-cost way of diversifying an investment portfolio or bullion holding with the vital insurance of physical gold ownership in a tax-efficient manner.

The Britannia contains exactly 1 troy ounce of gold and so is easy for UK investors to value and price using the international real-time spot gold price. Gold Britannias are liquid with most major dealers including GoldCore making a market in them. They are portable and easy to store due to their compact size, and the one-ounce divisibility allows buyers to sell a portion of their Gold Britannia holdings.

Whether you decide to take possession of your precious metals or have them stored safely on your behalf with a secure third party, Gold Britannias are an excellent bullion coin to own. This is especially the case for British buyers due to the advantageous capital gains tax (CGT) free status of Gold Britannias (and Sovereigns).

Gold Britannias typically command premiums of between 4% and 5% with GoldCore who offer some of the most competitive premiums for both insured delivery in the UK and in GoldCore Secure Storage.