Legendary British king and wielder of sword Excalibur, King Arthur features on brand new UK £5 coin!
The 2023 UK King Arthur £5 coin has been issued as part of a new coin series of Myths and Legends. And, as one of the first King Charles III coin series, it’s sure to get collectors talking!
David Lawrence, renowned for detailed £5 coin designs, shows King Arthur poised with the Excalibur sword in hand – the perfect tribute to a legendary figure!
The design has previously been struck on a 2023 1oz Silver coin, pictured below. But, can you spot the differences?
Not only do the metal, denomination and inscription differ, but the 1oz Silver coin also features Queen Elizabeth II’s effigy! A dual portrait pair such as this is exciting news for both Queen Elizabeth II and King Charles III collectors!
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The mythology of King Arthur
So, why have The Royal Mint dedicated a new £5 coin to King Arthur? Well, Arthurian mythology is still a topic of interest in the 21st century, despite the legend originating in the 9th-10th centuries!
Many historians have tried to prove whether or not the legend of Arthur was king of England, with history professor Ronald Hutton speaking to BBC’s History Extra in 2020 about how we can be certain of one thing. ‘[T]he battle of Mount Badon, which is recorded in both of our earliest texts as one of Arthur’s greatest victories.’
But, even if King Arthur is just a myth, his legendary tale is nothing short of entertaining!
He has been portrayed as a noble knight who wielded a magical sword, Excalibur. The sword itself is surrounded by mythology, with the a 15th century text (Le Morte d’Arthur) stating that whoever pulls the sword out of a stone is the rightful king of England!
And in 1938, author T. H. White wrote a much-loved children’s novel titled The Sword in the Stone! White’s story also features mythological wizard, Merlin, who guides young Arthur along his journey to becoming England’s rightful king.
Therefore, with the legend of King Arthur engrained in British history, it’s only fitting that The Royal Mint have struck a brand new coin to celebrate him!
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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!
Otherwise, continue reading to discover these brand new UK coins...
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.
Windrush Generation 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.
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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What’s more, you’ve also got an ID card detailing each of the coin’s designs.
We’ve been keeping an eye on the latest Royal Proclamations and excitingly, these 2023 dated King Charles III 50p, £2, and £5 coins have been announced…
Upcoming 2023 King Charles III Coins
Star Wars™ 50ps
The first UK Star Wars™ 50p was released in July and featured the lovable droid duo R2-D2™ and C-3PO™ inside the Millennium Falcon.
The designs of the other 3 coins in the series have also been revealed and we can expect these to be released later this year and into 2024.
The remaining Star Wars™ 50ps will feature Darth Vader™ & Emperor Palpatine™, Luke Skywalker™ & Princess Leia™ and Han Solo™ & Chewbacca™.
J. R. R. Tolkien £2
2023 marks 50 years since the death of Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit author, J. R. R. Tolkien.
To commemorate his work and achievements, a new £2 coin will be issued, featuring his famous monogram on the reverse design.
The reverse will also bear the inscription “1892 JRR TOLKIEN 1973 WRITER · POET · SCHOLAR”.
The edge inscription will read, “NOT ALL THOSE WHO WANDER ARE LOST” – a quote from The Fellowship of the Ring.
King Charles III 75th Birthday £5
King Charles III will celebrate his 75th birthday in 2023 – just 6 months after he was crowned King.
To commemorate his birthday, a brand-new £5 coin will be issued.
The reverse will feature a floral arrangement surrounding His Royal Cypher, the number 75 and the inscription, “HIS MAJESTY KING CHARLES III 1948 2023”.
Will the 2023 King Charles III coins enter circulation?
Whilst we’ll have to wait until the individual issues of these coins to know for certain, this is what we’ve been told so far:
- A new circulating £1 coin design was confirmed for 2023. Find out more here >>
- Up to 9.6 million King Charles III 50p coins are reserved for circulation, with an initial 4.9 million already out there. Find out more here >>
- A £2 coin entered circulation in 2021, indicating demand for this denomination has returned. Could we see a £2 coin enter circulation bearing the portrait of King Charles III? Time will tell…
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