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|Measurements and composition|
37.9 mm (Britannia)
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A number of 25 euro coins were produced by the United Kingdom in 1996. The first of the coins, composed of tri-metallic goldine, weighed 21.83 grams and measured 37.9 millimeters in diameter. Depicted on the obverse was Britannia helmeted, with the year of minting and a legend reading, "Brittaniarum Dei Gratia". Shown on the reverse was the HMS Victory, with a portrait of Lord Nelson, the coin's "value", and legends reading, "LORD NELSON" and "H.M.S. VICTORY". This specific coin was struck in many metals, including cupronickel and brass, and for piedforts, silver.
The second coin was struck mainly in brass, though silver piedforts (weighing 46.6 g) are known to exist. It was minted to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the abdication of King Edward VIII. Displayed on the obverse was a portrait of Edward VIII, surrounded by a legend reading, "EDWARD·VIII·KING·&·EMPEROR". Shown on the reverse was a colorized 2½ pence stamp of Edward, with the value and a legend reading, "60th ANNIVERSARY OF ABDICATION 1936–1996".
- England 25 Euro 1996 EDWARD VIII ABDICATION with stamp silver 46.6g PIEFORT # 56427 1996 PP – Ma-shops
- GREAT BRITAIN 25 Euro X# M31 1996 – Numismatic Guaranty Corporation