By the time that Elizabeth I was on the throne, nearly 1,500 years had passed since the figure of Britannia had been depicted on coinage, which was last seen on the coins of the Roman Empire.
From around the seventeenth century, Britannia was beginning to feature within with English culture and symbolised the growing British empire.
Since the reign of Charles II, Britannia then started to appear on coinage, having the original trident replaced with a spear from 1797 which can be seen on the now famous cartwheel pennies and twopences.
Britannia continued to feature on the cooper and bronze pennies until the decimalisation occurred on February 15th, 1971 where Britannia was chosen to feature on the 50p coin.
Britannia had become a prominent feature of UK coins for almost 300 years, so much so that the Britannia on Silver and Gold bullion coins was used from 1987, identifying them as British to International Bullion markets
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2015 UK Britannia 1oz Silver Coin