Each year the Royal Mint issue a number of quarter ounce gold proof Britannias. The quarter ounce gold Britannias have a face value of £25, and weight slightly more than a sovereign, yet they sell for less than the price of a proof sovereign, making them an attractive alternative as a gift. They are also an attractive coin, and have a lower mintage than proof sovereigns, making them interesting for collectors.
More Gold for Less Money
There is over 6% more gold in a quarter Britannia, yet you would have to pay over 13% more for a proof sovereign, taking both coins at original issue price, making the quarter proof Britannia a 19% better buy judged on its gold content. Britannias are in many people's opinion, an even more attractive coin than a sovereign.