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Britannia is the personification of England. One represents it in the Greek manner of Athena or of her latin equivalent Minerva : a helmeted woman with a noble air, standing up or sat on a throne, sometimes also carrying out a trolley driven by four horses.

Britannia has always with her a shield with the colors of the Union Jack and she holds, depending on the time, either a branch of bay-tree, a peace symbol, or a three-plonged fork (the former being a maritime power symbol, it was undoubtedly stolen to the god Poseïdon himself during some purely imaginary naval victory).


Britannia (also Albion in French) is the illustrated representation of Great Britain, as well as the sower of Roty in France, it is a topic impossible to avoid in English coins.

Penny in bronze from 1910, with a beautiful chocolate patina

(Edward VII's reign)

Well preserved Farthing in bronze from 1881

(Victoria's reign)


Silver crown from 2004

(Elizabeth II's reign)

One silver florin or two shillings from 1905

(Edward VII's reign)

Penny in bronze from 1848

(Victoria's reign)

Penny called cartwheel from 1797 (George III's reign) former version of Britannia, holding an oliver branch, mark of peace.

Britannia on a copper farthing from 1822

(George IV's reign)


Britannia on a 50 new pence from 1971 (Elizabeth II's reign)


Britannia's photography in Somerset bridge




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