Coin Collector



The Royal Mint has revealed the first commemorat­ive coins for 2023 to bear His Majesty

The King’s official coinage portrait, with the 2023 set celebratin­g topics including the 75th anniversar­y of the NHS and Life and Work of JRR Tolkien.

The Royal Mint’s 2023 coins have been revealed, giving collectors their first chance to own a set of 2023 dated coins that feature King Charles III’s portrait. His Majesty’s portrait was first revealed in September 2022, as part of the Queen Elizabeth II memorial coin range, and all new coins struck from 1 January 2023 will now bear King Charles III’s portrait.

Anne Jessopp, CEO of The Royal Mint, said: ‘The Royal Mint has an official duty to strike the coins of UK monarchs and has been responsibl­e for doing so since the reign of Alfred the Great. We were the first Mint to reveal the effigy of King Charles III in September 2022 and as Deputy Master of the Mint, I am honoured to unveil the first collection of 2023 coins featuring the effigy of King Charles III as we cement our role in history with this next chapter in British coinage.

Our role as an exemplar of British craftsmans­hip means each coin bearing his portrait is of the highest quality, from the metal it’s struck on, to the hours of craft that’s gone into the design, the tooling and the final product for our customers.

‘As the official maker of UK coins, The Royal Mint has been proud to strike every single UK coin for Her Late Majesty Queen Elizabeth II for 70 years. As we enter the New Year, we will start to see one of the biggest changes to UK coins for decades take place as King Charles III’s portrait begins to appear on all new UK coins.’

‘The unveiling of this collection of coins symbolises one of the biggest changes to UK coins since decimalisa­tion. Collectors will see UK coins begin their transition from Britain’s longest reigning monarch, Queen Elizabeth II’s portrait, to King Charles III’s which will now appear on all UK coinage moving forward.’

Rebecca Morgan, Divisional Director of the Collector Services at The Royal Mint said: ‘Each year The Royal Mint reveals a collection of coins, known as the Annual

Set, which feature a range of designs that appear on £5, £2 and 50p coins marking some of the year’s most significan­t moments and anniversar­ies.

‘This year is particular­ly special for The Royal Mint, as we unveil the first coins of 2023 bearing His Majesty King Charles III official coin portrait, which also includes a commemorat­ive £5 coin to celebrate

His Majesty’s 75th birthday. The Annual

Set provides members of the public with an opportunit­y to collect the very first coins of

2023 with The King’s portrait and mark this historic transition in monarchy on coins.’

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