Britannia is one of Britain’s oldest and most enduring female icons and will be featured on the British collectible coin.
The new design is inspired by Gustav Klimt’s classic 1905 painting “The Three Ages of Woman” and depicts Britannia transitioning from childhood to maturity.
It is the first time that Britannia has appeared three times on a British play and has championed women of all ages on an equal footing.
The design was created by Italian artist and sculptor Sandra Deiana and updates a classic theme for modern collectors.
Ms Deiana said: ‘I particularly like the Britannia theme – it’s the hardest concept I’ve come across so far and I will always be connected to it. No one had harmonized three female representations together.
“I had to find a way to represent the Britannia icon in three different eras, across the three ages of woman.”
Britannia first appeared on British coins around 2,000 years ago during the reign of Emperor Hadrian.
The Romans depicted Britannia as a strong woman – a symbol that has endured and continues to adorn the nation’s coins today on circulating £2s and commemorative designs.
Claire Maclennan, Director of Commemorative Coins at The Royal, said: “Britannia has graced British coins since Roman times and is one of our country’s most enduring female icons.
“On International Women’s Day, we’re thrilled to unveil an original new design that champions equality for women of all ages.
“This beautiful new design reflects the Royal Mint’s commitment to diversity and equality, ensuring women can thrive in all areas of our business and see themselves on the country’s coins.”
Collectors can purchase the Royal Mint’s 2022 Britannia in Gold Proof, Silver Proof and Silver Brilliant Uncirculated editions from the Royal Mint.
All Royal Mint coins can be viewed on the website here.
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This notice was published: 2022-03-08 15:05:00