45,000 back Mail on Sunday’s
Save Britannia on our coins bid
Support was soaring last night for a Mail on
Sunday campaign to stop Britannia's removal from
British coins after 336 years.
More than 45,000 readers have signed a petition
to save her.
In a revamp of coinage, approved by Gordon Brown
and to be unveiled in April, Britannia will no
longer be on the 50p piece.
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Sign our petition to stop Brown's plan to remove
Britannia from our 50p coin
Harrogate and Knaresborough Lib Dem MP Phil
Willis, one of 59 MPs who signed an Early Day
Motion to save Britannia, said: "It's crucial we
retain coins that symbolise the strength of the
The Prime Minister last week refused to halt the
revamp. A poll by this newspaper has revealed 86
per cent of the population wanted to keep
The Mail on Sunday has received letters, emails
and other messages from all corners of the UK,
as well as the US, Australia, New Zealand,
Thailand, France and Spain.
The Royal Mint have called it the largest
shake-up of coinage since decimalisation - as
long-standing designs such as the chained
portcullis and crowned lion will be replaced by
"modern representations of Britain."
Britannia first appeared as a goddess almost
2,000 years ago when the Romans created her as a
personification of the British Isles.
She was on a Roman coin during the rule of
Emperor Hadrian but her first appearance on a
British coin came during the reign of Charles
II, on the copper farthing in 1672.
Between 1797 and decimalisation in 1970 she was
on the penny coin.
The Britannia for the 50p was designed in the
Sixties by artist Charles Ironside – father of
agony aunt Virginia Ironside. His second wife
Jean inspired him by spending hours posing in
their living room clutching a ruler instead of a
The campaign to save Britannia is set to become
one of the most popular causes in The Mail on