CORONATION 50p FIRST LOOK: King Charles Crowned Portrait Revealed

The FIRST crowned coin portrait of King Charles III has JUST been revealed as a special effigy for the UK’s coronation coin range.

The coins will be available from 9am on 24.04.2023 on Westminster Collection’s website but you’ll need to get ahead of the crowd if you want to add them to your collection…

Below, I explain why these 50p and £5 coins are sure to become some of the most sought-after EVER…

First King Charles Crowned Portrait

In a unique collecting opportunity, the UK Coronation coins feature the very first crowned portrait of His Majesty.

2023 UK Coronation Coins featuring Crowned Portrait of His Majesty.
2023 UK Coronation Coins featuring Crowned Portrait of His Majesty.

King Charles III’s uncrowned portrait has been used on recent UK coins, stamps, and banknotes – maintaining a tradition for male monarchs which dates back centuries.

So, what does this mean for the unusual inclusion of a crowned portrait on the coronation coin range?

These coins will be truly unique; they could be some of the only coins ever issued to feature His Majesty wearing a crown.

UK Coronation Coin Designs

As well as the obverse design, we’ve got a first look at the reverse design of the Coronation 50p and £5 coins.


UK Coronation 50p Reverse Design.
UK Coronation 50p Reverse Design.

The Coronation 50p is truly the first of its kind. Never before has the UK seen a Coronation 50p.

The brand new reverse shows a section of Westminster Abbey, where His Majesty will be crowned on the 6th May 2023.

This is set against the Royal Cypher, featuring the same crown that His Majesty can be seen wearing on the obverse design.


UK Coronation £5 Reverse Design.
UK Coronation £5 Reverse Design.

The £5 coin shows a depiction of the St Edward’s Crown accompanied by the sovereign’s sceptre with dove and the sovereign’s sceptre with cross.

It also features the inscription, “THE CORONATION OF KING CHARLES III 6 MAY 2023”.

50p to enter circulation!

And, the best news is that 5 million 50ps will enter circulation later this year, featuring the original, uncrowned effigy by Martin Jennings.

This follows the five million memorial 50ps that have already entered circulation – the very first 50p to feature King Charles III’s portrait.

Find out more on our blog by clicking here.

A great collecting story

These coins have all the hallmarks of a great collecting story so they’re sure to be snapped up quickly by collectors.

Just think back to last year’s Platinum Jubilee record sell-out. All limited edition specifications of the 50p and £5 sold out in less than 24 hours!

You’ll need to get ahead of the crowd if you’re wanting to secure these coins for your collection when they’re issued.

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  1. P.Evans on May 8, 2023 at 8:18 pm

    I had a new 50pence with King Charles lll on in my change is it worth anything other than 50p?

    • Kate on May 9, 2023 at 12:27 pm

      You’re lucky to have found a King Charles 50p in your change already, it’s definitely one to hold on to!

      • Eileen on May 12, 2023 at 8:38 am

        Should it have a dste

      • Kate on May 12, 2023 at 3:34 pm

        Hi Eileen, if you’re referring to the QEII Memorial 50p, the date is on the reverse in the middle at the bottom.
        I hope that helps, Kate

  2. muwonge on May 6, 2023 at 6:23 pm

    Much respect H.M.KING CHARLES III AND H.M.QUEEN CONSORT CAMILA/THE ROYAL FAMILY for the great world coins/

  3. Kevin Thomas on April 24, 2023 at 7:25 pm

    Hi, will the new 50p with the crowned effigy be legal tender?

    • Kate Morgan on April 25, 2023 at 9:47 am

      Hi Kevin, the Coronation 50p with the uncrowned effigy will enter circulation, however the crowned effigy is only available on the collector edition.
      I hope that helps 🙂

  4. Paul B Toovey on April 16, 2023 at 2:06 pm

    Just curious. I
    Subscribed to 50p and £5 releases does this mean I’d get them both
    Together? I am excited to get one of these

    • Alexandra on April 17, 2023 at 10:42 am

      Hi Paul,

      As you’re subscribed to receive the latest UK 50p and £5 coins, you will definitely receive both of these Coronation coins 🙂


      • Paul B Toovey on April 24, 2023 at 10:05 am

        Thank you so much!
        Excited and happy to say the least.

  5. Jordan Symmons on April 14, 2023 at 9:33 am

    Hi my name is Jordan Symmons and I was wondering do you know when they will enter circulation at all.

    Many thanks

    Jordan Symmons

    • Kate Morgan on April 14, 2023 at 10:00 am

      Hi Jordan, we don’t yet know when the 50ps will enter circulation but you can be sure we’ll keep you updated as soon as we know.
      Best, Kate

  6. Susan Dimler on April 14, 2023 at 6:42 am

    Wow how beautiful are these coins. I’m looking forward to to getting these coins .

  7. Al on April 13, 2023 at 3:32 pm

    I have a king charles 50p with no date on it, is that normal? It’s has 4 shields and a little crown in the middle.

    • Kate Morgan on April 14, 2023 at 9:56 am

      Hi, the date on the Queen Elizabeth II Memorial 50p is quite hard to spot but it should be at the bottom between the two shields.
      I hope that helps!

  8. Lorraine Finn on April 13, 2023 at 1:56 pm

    Coronation of King Charles 50p coins

    Ooops I’ve typed twice . Could you please check and make sure I get one lot. ?

  9. Paul B Toovey on April 13, 2023 at 12:27 pm

    Excited to get this.
    I was close to King Charles on the Grenfell tower flat fire. I was one of the volunteers to help the victims if that disaster.

  10. Lloyd Garland on April 13, 2023 at 9:27 am

    So I am assuming we cannot pre-order them then?

    • Alexandra on April 13, 2023 at 3:22 pm

      Unfortunately we cannot take pre-orders for the Coronation 50p or £5. However, if you’re signed up to the Change Checker Subscription Service, you’ll have one of these coins allocated to you as soon as they are available to purchase. Additionally, if you register your interest using the form on this blog you’ll be notified as soon as they go live on Westminster Collection’s website.


      • Lloyd Garland on April 14, 2023 at 9:58 am

        Thanks for your time, I’ve subbed.