The UK Mint has released the images and themes of the King Charles III series of circulating coins. The coins are in production and will begin circulating by the end of the year.  

UK 1 Pence – 2 Pounds Coin Set | 2023 | King Charles III | Source: The Royal Mint

The designers put a lot of effort into the design to bring in the culture and themes that knit together the 4 UK countries along with messaging paying tribute to the new King.  The coins leverage a theme of nature conservation showing endangered animals in England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales.  The two pound coin pulls the 4 countries together  by including a rose (England), daffodil (Wales), thistle (Scotland) and a shamrock (Northern Ireland).  There will also be a privy mark (crown) and inscription taken from the King’s inaugural address.  

UK 1 Pence – 2 Pounds Coin Set | 2023 | King Charles III | Source: The Royal Mint

The coins are very attractive and will likely be very collectable, even attracting new collectors.  It is somewhat surprising that the UK government did not take the decision to remove the 1 pence and maybe even the 2 pence during the transition from Queen Elizabeth II’s effigy designs to King Charles III.  The UK has 8 coin denominations in circulation- a rarity in the world.  But for collectors, this large number of denominations gives more products and designs.  

Queen Elizabeth II: A Collection of 20 Portrait Coins | Source: Banknote World

The minting of coins and banknotes featuring King Charles III is a milestone for the UK. Elizabeth II left a large void in the numismatic community since her passing because she was one of the most featured persons on currency this century. There are various coin sets out there to honor her. One example is the: Queen Elizabeth II: A Collection of 20 Portrait Coins contains 20 pieces of coins from various countries across the world featuring a portrait of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II on one side. The other side of these coins shows various designs such as a boat, a leaf, a fish, a kangaroo, a cow, a bowl, and a penguin. Coins from this set are in different sizes and compositions. The Queen Elizabeth II: A Collection of 20 Portrait Coins comes with a Certificate of Authenticity. To find more banknotes and coins featuring the late queen you can click here to visit out online shop.

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