The FIRST 2023 dated King Charles III coins!

To welcome in the near year, the BRAND-NEW Annual Coin Set has just been issued including the FIRST 2023 dated King Charles III coins!

For 70 years our coins have featured the portrait of Queen Elizabeth II. So, as we enter a new era of UK coinage, now really is the time to build up your new collection of coins featuring the King.

The issue of the Annual Coin Set is always exciting for collectors, as these coins are curated by The Royal Mint as being some of the most significant issues of the year to come.

Not only do we have our first King Charles III £2 coins, but there are some very poignant anniversaries being celebrated!

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Otherwise, continue reading to discover these brand new UK coins...

King Charles III 75th Birthday £5

2023 King Charles III 75th Birthday £5

This year, His Majesty King Charles III celebrates his 75th birthday, his first birthday as our reigning monarch.

£5 coins have always been reserved for key royal anniversaries and significantly, this is the first £5 coin that has been solely dedicated to our now King.

On the reverse design, floral emblems can be seen surrounded the number 75 and His Majesty’s Royal Cypher.

75th Anniversary of the NHS 50p

Also celebrating its 75th birthday this year is our beloved National Health Service.

Our NHS has kept us safe for ¾ of a century and significantly, has saved millions of lives.

This year, The Royal Mint issues its second NHS 50p, following on from the incredibly popular 1998 coin.

Its reverse design features words synonymous with the NHS, including Dedication, Respect, Empathy, and Knowledge.

2023 King Charles NHS 50p

Windrush Generation 50p

2023 King Charles III Windrush Generations 50p

2023 will mark 75 years since the arrival of the Windrush ship, carrying many people from British Commonwealth countries who had been granted British citizenship from the British Nationality Act.

However, the Windrush generations experiences were different than imagined.

To say thank you, and to celebrate their sacrifices and contributions, The Royal Mint has issued a brand new 50p.

Flying Scotsman £2

2023 marks 100 years since the Flying Scotsman entered service.

This is the world’s most famous steam engine and is easily the most recognized.

It was the first locomotive to run on the newly formed London and North-Eastern Railway line.

To celebrate its centenary, The Royal Mint has issued this brand-new £2 coin – one of the first £2 coins to bear King Charles III’s portrait on the obverse.

2023 King Charles III Flying Scotsman £2

J. R. R. Tolkien £2

2023 King Charles III J. R. R. Tolkien £2

3rd January is official J. R. R. Tolkien Day – the birthday of the Lord of the Rings author.

His works, The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, have since gone on to be adapted as some of the highest-grossing films of all time.

To celebrate his birthday, The Royal Mint has issued this brand-new £2 coin.

It features a quote taken from Tolkien’s famed fantasy novel, The Fellowship of the Ring.


We can’t wait to see the individual issue of each of these coins, but of course, we will have to wait several months for each of these to be available.

That’s why the Annual Coin Set is the best way to get ahead and add these coins to your collection.


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Memorial Obverses of Queen Elizabeth II Issued Whilst King Charles III’s Portrait Awaits Approval

Royal Australian Mint and Perth Mint are set to commemorate Queen Elizabeth II with special memorial obverses, whilst their King Charles III portrait awaits approval:

“In the coming months the Australian Government will announce details of… an effigy of King Charles III for all Australian coins” – Royal Australian Mint.

Royal Australian Mint’s Queen Elizabeth II Memorial Obverse Design

The first coinage featuring His Majesty’s effigy are expected to be issued in late 2023.

Until then, Royal Australian Mint have issued a final commemorative coin design featuring Queen Elizabeth II effigy.

Queen Elizabeth II Memorial Obverse for Royal Australian Mint issued coins.
Royal Australian Mint’s Memorial Obverse Portrait of Queen Elizabeth II on the 1 Dollar coin.

Royal Australian Mint’s Queen Elizabeth II Memorial Obverse will be used on collectable and investment coins starting from 01.01.2023

Six effigies of Her Late Majesty have appeared on Australian coins but the new memorial design will feature the Queen’s years of reign as an inscription – “Elizabeth II 1952-2022”.

The Memorial Obverse will also feature on coins issued by The Perth Mint in Western Australia.

Queen Elizabeth II Memorial Coins by The Perth Mint

Queen Elizabeth II Memorial Obverse for Perth Mint
Cupro-nickel specification
Queen Elizabeth II Memorial Obverse for Perth Mint
Gold proof specification

The Australian Kangaroo 2023 Gold, Silver and Platinum Bullion Coins will be The Perth Mint’s first releases featuring this memorial obverse.

Following the bullion kangaroos, the memorial obverse will be used on select Australian legal tender coins too.

Whilst we eagerly anticipate the reveal of Australia’s King Charles III effigy, we’ve seen His Majesty’s portrait revealed on our UK coins and banknotes.

UK King Charles III Coin Obverse Effigy

2022 UK Queen Elizabeth Memorial 50p and £5, featuring first effigy of King Charles III on the obverse.
2022 UK Queen Elizabeth Memorial 50p and £5, featuring first effigy of King Charles III on the obverse.

The first effigy of King Charles III first appeared on a UK 50p earlier in 2022, commemorating Queen Elizabeth II.

The coin has since entered circulation, with 4.9 million coins currently out there to find.

This obverse also featured on the Queen Elizabeth II Memorial £5 coin but we’re yet to see it on our lower denomination and £2 coins.

However, some of the first 2023-dated UK coins have been confirmed, featuring His Majesty’s portrait, so we can certainly start getting excited! Find out more here >>

King Charles III Portrait Revealed on UK Banknotes

His Majesty’s portrait will appear on the front of UK banknotes from mid-2024.

There will be no changes to the existing designs which means we’ve all got a fantastic opportunity to find a new re-issued version our favourite banknote!

Taking guidance from the Royal Household, the new banknotes will only be issued to replace worn Queen Elizabeth II notes. So, the two monarchs’ portraits will co-circulate for some time!

Find out more and discover which serial numbers you should look out for >>

UK Banknote designs revealed, featuring King Charles III's portrait
UK Banknote designs revealed, featuring King Charles III’s portrait.

Are you a collector of Australian coinage? Let us know in the comments if you’re exciting for the new King Charles III portrait to be revealed!


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King Charles III Banknotes – FIRST LOOK

His Majesty’s portrait design has just been revealed by the Bank of England.

King Charles III Banknotes. Credit: Bank of England.

Set your alarms Change Checkers because it has been confirmed that they will begin circulating from mid-2024.

His Majesty’s portrait will appear on the front of the notes but there will be no changes to the existing designs.

Taking guidance from the Royal Household, the new banknotes will only be issued to replace worn Queen Elizabeth II notes. So, the two monarchs’ portraits will co-circulate for some time!

Excitingly, this means we’ve all got a fantastic opportunity to find a new re-issued version our favourite banknote!

The current designs feature on the back of our UK banknotes:

  • Winston Churchill (£5)
  • Jane Austen (£10)
  • JMW Turner (£20)
  • Alan Turing (£50)
King Charles III £5 Banknote
King Charles III £5 Banknote
King Charles III £10 Banknote
King Charles III £10 Banknote
King Charles III £20 Banknote
King Charles III £20 Banknote
King Charles III £50 Banknote
King Charles III £50 Banknote

But, any serious collector knows that it’s not just the design you should be looking out for…

King Charles III Banknote – ‘Rare’ Serial Numbers to look for

AA01

Remember the excitement when the first polymer £5 note was issued?

I’m willing to bet that every single person in the country checked theirs at some point to see if they were lucky enough to find one with the prefix AA01.

AA01 serial number on the Polymer £5 note.
Could King Charles III's banknotes be as in demand?
AA01 serial number on the Polymer £5 note.

The annual Bank Of England charity auction held at Spink and Son Ltd in London auctioned off a Queen Elizabeth II polymer £5 note with the serial number AA01 000017 for £4,150.

And the following year, a Jane Austen Polymer £10 note with the serial number AA01 000010 sold for a staggering £7,200 – over double the guide price!

As King Charles III becomes only the second monarch to appear on circulating Bank of England notes, i’m expecting a similar level of demand for the first run of AA01 notes during His Majesty’s reign.

AK47

Considered collectable due to the machine gun connotations, polymer notes with the prefix AK47 were thought to be worth tens of thousands of pounds following the new £5 release in 2016.

This idea emerged after a £5 banknote with the prefix AK47 fetched a winning bid of £80,100 on eBay.

The seller must have been overjoyed with the jackpot amount but unfortunately the buyer had no intention of paying up.

Polymer £5 with AK47 serial number. eBay listing on 13th October 2016) showing £65,901.00 asking price.
Could the King Charles III banknotes be worth a similar amount?
Polymer £5 with AK47 serial number. eBay listing on 13th October 2016)

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King Charles III 50p Coin

King Charles III 50p – now in circulation.

The first coin bearing the portrait of King Charles III entered circulation earlier this month – just 4.3 million are out there currently!

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