We are pleased to offer for sale this 2013 UK Lunar Britannia - Year of the Snake - Privy Mark - .999 Fine Silver (1st Year) from the British Royal Mint. These coins have a Snake privy marked around the rim. They carry a 2 Pound face value and contain 1oz of .999 fine silver. ORDER 20 - Get a MINT SEALED Tube of 20! Don't miss your chance to own this limited offering! The British Royal Mint has been operating nearly continuously for 1,100 years - producing beautiful silver coins for England and, later, Great Britain. Britannia 1 troy oz of silver coins are among the more recent issues. The Royal Mint began production in 1997, following the success of the gold Britannia coins launched 10 years earlier. This classic design is recognized and respected across the world as a symbol of beauty, reliability and strength. It is little wonder then that the silver Britannia coins, with such a depth of history behind them, have been a popular choice for collectors & investors of silver bullion coins ever since their introduction. These British silver coins are well crafted and offer the trust and assurance that comes with coinage by one of the world's oldest and best recognized mints. Every silver coin is backed by the government of the United Kingdom for weight and purity. Since 2013, each silver Britannia bullion round is minted from .999 fine silver. Earlier silver coins were .958 fineness. Royal Mint Chief Engraver, Gordon Summers said “Our main challenge in developing the Lunar Britannia coin was incorporating the lunar symbol around the edge of the coin with clarity and quality of design, yet retaining the beauty and the impact of Philip Nathan’s Britannia figure”. The coins obverse carries a likeness of Queen Elizabeth the Second. The reverse features the standing Britannia - the female personification of the British Isles used since Roman times more than 2000 years ago. The coins are denominated as £2 (2 British pounds). Additionally, to being the first .999 Fine Silver Britannia these also carry the first lunar privy designation of the "Year of the Snake" around the rim. The elegantly-curled figure of a snake appears at intervals around the edge of the coin, as though standing guard over the proud Britannia, a celebration of the "Year of the Snake" in classic style.