New King’s portrait revealed by The Royal Mint

The Royal Mint have revealed the new portrait of King Charles III which will feature on UK coinage.

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The first effigy of King Charles III on a UK 50p obverse

Created by renowned British sculptor Martin Jennings, the effigy has been personally approved by His Majesty. In keeping with tradition, The King’s portrait faces to the left, the opposite direction to Queen Elizabeth II.

It will be used for the very first time on a range of coins paying tribute to the life and reign of the late Queen.

The new range was released at 9am on Monday 3rd October.

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Coin designs from the Queen Elizabeth II memorial range

This is the first time in nearly 70 years that we have had a new monarch on our coins. It is the most significant change to UK coinage since decimalisation in 1971.

The coins are available in several specifications including 50p, £5 and Ounce. Coins will be on sale at The Royal Mint until 31st December 2022.

Shop the first coin portrait of King Charles III here >>

76 Comments

  1. Les kent on October 10, 2022 at 12:11 pm

    Hi All
    Please excuse my ignorance but can anyone please explain to me how the new King Charles III 50p commemorates the passing of our late Queen.
    Thank you.

    • Alex Siddons on October 19, 2022 at 8:21 am

      Hi Les,

      Thanks for your question.

      In commemoration of Queen Elizabeth II, the 50p coin features the reverse design created for Her Late Majesty’s 1953 coronation crown.

      I hope this helps.

      Best,
      Alex

  2. Paul on October 3, 2022 at 8:15 am

    Will the memorial collection go live on TheWestminsterCollection site at 9am (when RoyalMint goes live)?
    I would rather order through TWC, but also don’t want to miss out if there is a delay. Only info found re. the memorial collection is a blog detailing the designs. I have signed up to the interest list, but need more info.

  3. Sam Palit on October 2, 2022 at 11:33 pm

    I will be interested to buy the new full sets of coins with King Charles Head on the coin .

  4. Caroline on October 2, 2022 at 8:09 pm

    I like collecting coins

  5. Dawn mann on October 2, 2022 at 7:18 pm

    Would like to buy a king charles lll 50p coin please

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