The Royal Mint have revealed the new portrait of King Charles III which will feature on UK coinage.
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.
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.
To honour the life and achievements of Queen Elizabeth II, The Royal Mail has issued four commemorative stamps, featuring portraits of Her Late Majesty.
They feature beautiful black & white images of the Queen throughout her life, taken between 1952 and 1996.
The Queen Elizabeth II stamps are also the first to be approved by King Charles III, which is sure to increase collector demand.
The Westminster Collection have issued a limited set of these stamps, postmarked on their first day of issue – 10th November 2022.
New Royal Mail Stamps: Queen Elizabeth II Memorial Cover
Featured alongside the stamps is one of the most sought-after coins of recent years, the UK Platinum Jubilee £5 coin.
Just 2,022 of these covers are available to mark this important moment in history. And remember, the one-day-only postmark means no more can ever be produced.
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Queen Elizabeth II Stamp & Coin Memorial Set
As well as the Queen Elizabeth II Memorial Cover, The Westminster Collection has an extremely limited collection of coins from the 1953 Coronation year, issued alongside these brand new stamps.
This memorial collection includes a complete collection of eight coins, each one struck by The Royal Mint in the year of Queen Elizabeth II’s Coronation in 1953.
At nearly 70 years old, these coins are difficult to find and incredibly sought-after on the secondary market.
JUST 495 issued
With brand new Royal Mail stamps, postmarked on their issue date, and alongside the 1953 circulating coinage, the edition limit of 495 isn’t likely to be enough.
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Demand for Queen Elizabeth II coins has been felt at Mints around the world, following the sad news of her passing on 8th September.
Collectors heading to The Royal Mint and The Royal Australian Mint websites have been faced with long queues.
Coins issued within this year, particularly those issued in recent weeks, were in high demand.
The Royal Mint’s website indicated high interest in royalty themed coins – most notably, coins issued to celebrate Queen Elizabeth II’s varying Jubilees.
Just one of the many coins awaiting stock was the 1977 Elizabeth II Crown, issued to celebrate the Queen’s Silver Jubilee.
The 2022 UK Annual Coin Set, featuring both Platinum Jubilee 50p and £5 coins, is currently unavailable at The Royal Mint. However, these coins are fetching around £170 on the secondary market sites.
As The Royal Mint works hard to meet demand for Queen Elizabeth II coinage, secondary market sites have also been bombarded with new listings.
How much is my Queen Elizabeth II coin worth?
Both the Platinum Jubilee 50p and £5 coins have been fetching well over their original retail prices.
Despite still being available at the The Royal Mint for £10 (+p&p), the 2022 UK Platinum Jubilee £5 coin recently sold for £40 on eBay.co.uk.
There’s no doubt demand for collectables celebrating Queen Elizabeth II’s remarkable 70 year reign will continue to surge as the nation welcomes a new monarch – his majesty King Charles III.
Whether you want to hold onto your Queen Elizabeth II coins, or look to sell them, there has never been a more prominent time to check your collections.
Which Queen Elizabeth II coins do you have in your collection? Will you hold onto them? Let us know in the comments below.