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GOLDEN ENIGMA Britannia Black Ruthenium 1 Oz Silver Coin 2£ United Kingdom 2016


This beautiful new coin issue features the Britannia in Gold with all details. The coin shines in a combination of black and gold, finished with two precious metals: fully plated by Black Ruthenium and then refined in a complicated process with 24kt Gold. The challenge was to create a high detailed gold finishing on the black ruthenium. Limited mintage to 5.000 pieces worldwide.

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Britannia is an ancient term for Roman Britain and also a female personification of the island. The name is Latin, and derives from the Greek form Prettanike or Brettaniai, which originally designated a collection of islands with individual names, including Albion or Great Britain; however, by the 1st century BC Britannia came to be used for Great Britain specifically. In AD 43 the Roman Empire began its conquest of the island, establishing a province they called Britannia, which came to encompass the parts of the island south of Caledonia (roughly Scotland). The native Celtic inhabitants of the province are known as the Britons. In the 2nd century, Roman Britannia came to be personified as a goddess, armed with a trident and shield and wearing a Corinthian helmet.
The Latin name Britannia long survived the Roman withdrawal from Britain in the 5th century, and yielded the name for the island in most European and various other languages, including the English Britain and the modern Welsh Prydain. After centuries of declining use, the Latin form was revived during the English Renaissance as a rhetorical evocation of a British national identity. Especially following the Acts of Union in 1707, which joined the Kingdoms of England and Scotland, the personification of the martial Britannia was used as an emblem of British imperial power and unity. She was featured on all modern British coinage series until the redesign in 2008, and still appears annually on the gold and silver "Britannia" bullion coin series.

  • CountryUnited Kingdom
  • Year2016
  • Face Value2 Pounds
  • MetalSilver
  • Fineness (purity)999/1000
  • Weight (g)31.1 (1 oz)
  • Diameter (mm)38.61
  • QualityBU - Brilliant Uncirculated
  • Mintage (pcs)5.000
  • Certificate (COA)Yes
  • Presentation case (box)Yes

The coin's reverse depicts a beautiful and Gold gilded Britannia. The coin is fully plated in black Ruthenium while the details of the coin are selectively plated in 24kt Gold. All around, the inscription: "Britannia 2016 1oz 999 Fine Silver" – the issue country, the issue year, the weight and the fineness of Silver”. On the coin's obverse the effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and the face value: “2 Pounds”.