The 2010 Britannia features a new portrayal, described by artist Suzie Zamit as: “strong (almost Amazonian) and courageous looking, but not overly warlike; more peaceful and protective. I have given her a Corinthian-style helmet and incorporated a lion on the design: the lion being the national symbol of courage – I wanted to emphasize the strong and watchful connotations – and this also links in with Greek and Roman coinage which display many animals.” Britannia first appeared on the British farthing in 1672, but the silver Britannia £2 coin was introduced in 1997. These are the largest and purest legal tender silver coins being issued by Great Britain—made from an alloy of 95.8% silver with the rest copper. The total weight is 32.45 gm. – and each Britannia coin contains precisely 1 troy ounce of pure silver.
The obverse portrait of Queen Elizabeth II by Ian Rank-Broadley has been used on all coins of the United Kingdom since 1998.