The symbol - based on a Roman goddess has been used on designs of British coins since 1672.
The Mail in its usual inimitable manner goes on to use the story as a way to prove that the Dark Lord’s ‘Britishness’ campaign is a complete sham.
There may be a grain of truth in this.
Ever succinct, William Hague said “Britannia has been an enduring symbol of British pride and history. It is all too typical of a Government with an inadequate sense of British pride and an ignorance of history to want to do away with such a symbol”.
Personally I like the idea that the coins I use have the same symbols as were used over three hundred years ago. It creates a connection to the past. It’s one of the small things that reminds you what you are a custodian of.
Modernisation is fine but without underpinnings you are building a future on shifting sands.
I know it’s just a picture on a coin. But it’s the same picture that’s been there for many lifetimes, it's my picture, and I know it’s a little thing but I’d rather it stayed there.