A new edition coin will go on sale from October 19 which will have new counterfeit features.

The Royal Mint has unveiled the new gold bullion coins that can be authenticated as genuine by putting them in the light.

And it will feature intricate designs to make them incredibly difficult to replicate by fraudsters.

Demand for gold has increased as a result of the economic uncertainty over the past months.

Now the gold Britannia coins sales have surged by 236% from April to September when compared to the same period in 2019.

Customers can verify the new money range by rotating the coins in the light.

The feature includes the following:

  • A latent image: This was first introduced on the £2 coin, the latent image acts like a hologram and changes from a padlock to a trident when the coin is seen from different angles
  • Surface animation: There are micro details on the coin to create the illusion of waves rolling behind the figure of Britannia. These are created using advanced lasers
  • Micro-text: The inscription Decus et Tutamen, which translates to "an ornament and a safeguard", surrounds the figure of Britannia and is created using specialist lasers
  • Tincture lines: Depicting colours and patterns on metal

The range includes a one-ounce gold bullion coin and half, quarter and tenth-ounce gold coins, as well as a one-ounce silver coin.

Depending on the changes in the gold price, the coin prices will vary.

The Royal Mint says the exact pricing will be given when the coins are available to purchase in October.

It said the average paid for a Britannia coin since January is £1,483.

The Royal Mint also claims the tiny indents enable it to create spectacular effects.

Andrew Dickey, divisional director of precious metals for the Royal Mint, said: "Our Britannia bullion range is already one of the most sought after in the world, and these innovative new security features make it even more appealing for investors.

"Simply by moving the coin, you can authenticate it as a genuine Royal Mint product, giving investors complete confidence, whether they are buying directly from us or from our partners."

Gordon Summers, chief engraver at the Royal Mint, added: "By focusing on the natural reflection of the metal, and using advanced new technology, we have created a unique and highly safe coin which gives customers complete confidence."

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