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The British Gold Britannia

Weight: Spot Price: Buy Price:
1.00 oz € 2,222.31 € 2,304.53
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Gold Britannia Coins for Sale

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

The 1 oz Britannia Gold Coin is a gold bullion coin that is 0.9999 pure and was first minted by The Royal Mint in 1987.

GoldCore recommends Gold Britannias to our Irish clients as an attractive way to invest in gold and own physical gold.

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

What Are the Benefits of Gold Britannia Coins?

  • Britannia 1oz Gold Bullion coin contains one troy ounce of 24 carat 999.9 fine gold
  • VAT free in Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland - unlike jewelry
  • Legal tender coin backed by the UK Treasury
  • Minted since 1817 - known and trusted internationally 
  • British Royal Mint is one of the leading mints in the world
  • Competitive pricing and bullion premiums
  • Non-digital, hack-proof, and proven safe haven
  • Portable, internationally liquid form of financial insurance

How to Buy Gold Britannia Coins in Ireland?

Buying Gold Britannias is an easy and simple process. You can buy them online for insured delivery by post 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 gold 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 Irish clients throughout the island of Ireland - North and South - from our depository partner vaults in London and Zurich.

You may purchase Gold Britannias via insured delivery by post, including monster boxes, to homes or offices or take delivery of Gold Britannias in Secure Storage.

Many of our Irish clients opt to store their Gold Britannias in fully insured, offshore Secure Storage jurisdictions. We specialise in offering clients access to allocated and segregated bullion storage in secure non bank vaults in London, Zurich, Hong Kong and Singapore.

Live Prices

Order Value Price Premium
€ 0 - € 6,999 € 2,304.54 3.70%
€ 7,000 - € 10,999 € 2,302.31 3.60%
€ 11,000 - € 20,999 € 2,300.09 3.50%
€ 21,000 - € 30,999 € 2,297.87 3.40%
€ 31,000 - € 50,999 € 2,295.65 3.30%
€ 51,000 - € 100,999 € 2,293.42 3.20%
€ 101,000 - € 200,999 € 2,291.20 3.10%
€ 201,000 + € 2,288.98 3.00%

How Much Gold is in a Gold Britannia?

When launched in 1987, the Britannia was produced in a 22 karat 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 coin. 

The 1 oz 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 Royal Mint ultimately reports to the UK Treasury which stands over the coin’s authenticity. Each year, the 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.

Britannia gold 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.

Britannia’s Security features

Since 2021, Britannia coins have been released with unparalleled security features. These advanced features include:

  • A latent image that transforms from a padlock to Britannia's iconic trident.
  • Surface animation that creates depth and movement in the background with waves.
  • Micro-text that not only adds decoration but also delivers an added layer of protection.
  • Britannia's shield, which showcases the Union flag and is expertly accented with tincture lines.

The Royal Mint Britannia 2023 1 oz Gold Bullion Coin

Featuring the fifth and final effigy of Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II, the Britannia 2023 one ounce gold bullion coin is a prized collectible. This exceptional coin bears a 2023 stamp, a year that the monarch never lived to see. It is an ideal option for UK investors seeking a secure and safe investment in gold while also holding significant historical value, which makes it the perfect choice for collectors.

Who Manufacturers the Gold Britannia Coin?

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, (174 miles from Dublin, Ireland) 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 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 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 bullion coin that could compete on the international market with similar one ounce gold coins issued by The U.S., Canadian and South African national mints.

The Royal 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 an Investor in Ireland Consider Buying Britannia Gold Coins?

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.

The Britannia contains exactly 1 troy ounce of gold and so is easy for Irish 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.

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