Your guide to collecting King Charles III coins

Since the passing of Queen Elizabeth II in September 2022, there’s been a huge shake up in the numismatic world. Not only have collectors been rushing to secure the very last coins featuring the late Queen, but wanting to be the first to own new coins bearing King Charles III’s effigy.

Here are some tips to guide you in building your King Charles III coin collection.

1. Use cash

It may seem obvious, but the best way to increase your chances of finding a King Charles coin in your change is to use cash. And where possible, ask for your change to be given in the denominations you’re interested in.

UK coins
UK coins

For example, if you’re looking for the Queen Elizabeth Memorial 50p, which is the first coin to enter circulation featuring the King on the obverse, ask for your change in 50ps.

2. Look closely

Make sure you’re looking closely at the coins in your change to check whether you have a commemorative coin, especially one featuring His Majesty.

50p with Queen Elizabeth II effigy and 50p with King Charles III effigy
50p with Queen Elizabeth II effigy and 50p with King Charles III effigy

The most obvious difference will be the effigy on the obverse of the coin. But it’s also a good idea to familiarize yourself with the reverse designs of commemorative coin so you know what you’re looking out for.

3. Do your research

The best way to identify coins you’ve found in your change is by using our Change Checker Web App.

Simply select the denomination, year and obverse monarch of the coin you’ve found to view all the possible coins it could be. You’ll find information like mintage figures and facts about the theme or designer.

Screenshot of King Charles coins on the Change Checker Web App
Screenshot of King Charles III 50p coins on the Change Checker Web App

You can also find much more information about your coin on our blog.

4. Check our scarcity index

Something else you’ll find on our web app is where each coin ranks on our scarcity index.

We combine mintage figures with how often a coin has been listed in collections to determine how scarce and sought after each coin is. Our scarcity index is updated quarterly as there can be some pretty big shake ups in the rankings.

5. Swap with others

If you’re looking for a specific coin and aren’t having any luck finding it in your change, you can use the swap centre on our web app or our Facebook community group to swap coins with other collectors.

Who knows, someone else might just have the coin you’re looking for!

Happy Hunting!

So there you have it, 5 tips you can use to start collecting King Charles III coins!

You may already have an impressive collection including some new King Charles coins. If so, post a photo of yours on social media and tag us, we’d love to see them!

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  1. Toby. Smith on June 1, 2023 at 4:20 pm

    Hello change checker

    Will the nhs 50p go into circulation and when will ot if it does

    • Kate on June 2, 2023 at 9:49 am

      Hi Toby, we haven’t been told that this coin will enter circulation, but we’ll be sure to update you if we hear differently.
      I hope that helps,

  2. Toby. Smith on May 28, 2023 at 5:59 pm

    when are corrnation 50p going into circlulation and christopher collects said that when he went to the royal mint they said it will be in circulation in 2 to 3 weeks .
    also i want to swap a coin but now working . the king charles 3rd 50p memoial . i cant find it anywere . my post office said they dont have any . i have also asked for them in shops but none there . do you know why . i started coin collecting in december and iam just wondering why is jemmian puddle duck 50p so rare . thanks for taking your time to asnwer my questons . toby smith

    • Kate on May 30, 2023 at 3:07 pm

      Hi Toby, We’re not sure yet when the Coronation 50ps will be entering circulation, but we’ll be updating you once we know more information.
      For swapping, please either use our swap centre on our web app or the Facebook community group. If you’re having issued with the swap centre, please email [email protected] for help.
      You might find some useful information on our blog and scarcity indexes about the rarity of coins.
      I hope that helps,

  3. Gemma norris on May 20, 2023 at 12:41 am

    I have been collecting 50p and£2 coins and almost filled an album, with loads of Paddington Bear and Peter rabbit also Olympics with one 50p coin being the offside rule, pride , vote for women, Brexit, brunnel £2 coins, Shakespeare’s, ww2, to many to mention but the time has come to cash them in or if anyone is interested you can contact me

  4. Michelle on May 19, 2023 at 10:02 am

    I have a king Charles 50p one and also quite a few padding bear and Olympic and peter rabbit all 50p

  5. Mrs christian on May 19, 2023 at 1:28 am

    Hello are the coins with the 70 on the 50p rare as I have 2

  6. Faishal on May 17, 2023 at 11:57 pm

    Hii I have king’s Charles III new 50p coins if any one interested let me know.

    • Karen on May 20, 2023 at 5:33 pm

      Yes I am interested in one of your king Charles lol 50p

  7. EricGrundy on May 17, 2023 at 10:45 am

    I have registered twice I have filled order twice
    How many more times do ihave to do this

    • Kate on May 17, 2023 at 10:55 am

      Hi Eric, sorry you’re having trouble placing your order. Please contact our customer service team on [email protected] for help placing your order.
      Kind regards, Kate

  8. Davod on May 17, 2023 at 1:50 am

    Hi. I have £700 rare coin to sale all 50p and £2 are you interested to buy. Thanks

    • Kate on May 17, 2023 at 10:53 am

      Hi Davod, we do not offer valuations or buy back coins. You can use our swap centre or our Facebook community group to swap your collection.
      Kind regards, Kate