Royal Mint unveil new coins for 2023 bearing King Charles’ face

King Charles III coin portrait unveiled by the Royal Mint

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The Windrush generation and the NHS will be celebrated in new commemorative coins for the New Year featuring King Charles’ face on them. All newly-released Royal Mint coins struck from January 1, 2023 will bear King Charles III’s official coinage portrait.

Collectors of the coins will see them make their transition for portraits of the King from the Britain’s longest reigning monarch, Queen Elizabeth II. Queen Elizabeth II was Britain’s monarch from 1952 until her death on September 8, 2022.

The divisional director of the collector services at the Royal Mint, Rebecca Morgan said: “Each year the Royal Mint reveals a collection of coins, known as the annual set.

“[They] feature a range of designs that appear on £5, £2 and 50p coins marking some of the year’s most significant moments and anniversaries.”

Coins in the commemorative collection will mark milestone anniversaries and moments in history.

The 2023 annual set will include a £5 coin marking the 75th birthday of the King, which will take place in November 2023.

A £2 coin celebrating the life and work of JRR Tolkien will also be released.

A £2 coin celebrating the centenary of the Flying Scotsman will be released, as well as a 50p celebrating 75 years of the NHS and a 50p celebrating the Windrush generation.

A ship called HMT Empire Windrush docked in Essex, having arrived from Jamaica, in June 1948.

The ship became symbolic of its passengers and their subsequent generations who have played a pivotal role and the 50p coin commemorates 75 years since the ship’s arrival.

It also features a design by artist Valda Jackson, whose parents arrived in Britain from the Caribbean.

The Royal Mint unveiled the King’s portrait in September 2022, as part of the Queen Elizabeth II memorial coin range and CEO of the Royal Mint spoke of their “honour” to unveil the new collection.

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Anne Jessopp said: “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.”

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The 2023 commemorative sets will be available in a range of precious metal and base proof finishes, from January 3 on the Royal Mint’s website, with prices starting from £50.

A set of silver proof coins will be available for £311, a gold set can be bought for £7,845 and a platinum set can be purchased for £10,390.

Royal Mint also revealed that each coin will be sold individually in 2023.

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