Written by on Thursday April 16, 2015
2015 has already seen the launch of P&O’s Britannia, the largest ship ever designed for the British Cruise industry, but she’ll be joined by her namesake later this year as the iconic figure adorns the new £2 coin.
To commemorate the occasion The Royal Mint’s Director of Commemorative Coins and Medals, Shane Bissett, presented P&O’s Captain Paul Brown with a special edition of the coin, which will be displayed on board ship.
Upon receipt of the new coin Captain Paul Brown said: “It is a great honour to receive this special commemorative coin and very fitting that we are on board Britannia, which is "the nation's ship". The name Britannia has great historical resonance with P&O Cruises long and famous heritage and, most importantly, both the ship and new £2 coin pay homage to our past and celebrate the forward-looking Britain of today and the future.”
Britannia is an ancient name for the Roman province of Britain and has become the female personification of the country. The figure first appeared on British currency in the 17th century and has been a mainstay on coins throughout the centuries.
Shane Bissett said: “The instantly recognisable figure of Britannia has a long, enduring history which has evolved and changed in keeping with the nation which she represents. She has come to stand as a symbol of renewed optimism for our country, and has a rightful place on the currency of the United Kingdom.
“The birth of two such iconic Britannias almost simultaneously is an important event which The Royal Mint and P&O Cruises wanted to mark in an appropriate manner. It gives me great pleasure to visit our coin’s namesake, and it is an honour to have the opportunity to commemorate the launch of the cruise ship Britannia.”
P&O’s Britannia launched in Southampton on March 10 2015 and was officially named in a ceremony by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. The P&O flagship is 330 metres long can accommodate more than 3,600 guests. Highlights of its debut season include voyages to the Canary Islands and the Norwegian Fjords.