The Britannia coin from the Royal Mint is a popular bullion product, both in Europe and around the globe. Britannia has served as a symbol of Britain for almost two thousand years. It was only natural that the image would eventually be used on coins struck in the country.
The term Britannia originated during the time of the Roman Empire. As the Romans sought to conquer the British Isles, the term Britannia came to be used in the Latin language to describe the island itself. Later on during the Roman conquest, the term took on additional uses. The most common was as a term to describe both the island and the region as part of the Roman Empire. Eventually, the term became associated with the people of Britain.