The third coin in the Myths and Legends £5 series pays tribute to King Arthur’s half sister and legendary enchantress, Morgan le Fay.
The reverse design features a depiction of Morgan le Fay wearing a winged headpiece in an intimidating stance ready to cast her dark powers. David Lawrence, who also designs the other coins in the Myths and Legends series, has perfectly captured her as a force to be reckoned with on this new UK £5.
This is the third and final coin inspired by Arthurian legend in the Myths and Legends series. But what would you like to see on a Myths and Legends £5 next? Let us know in the comments below!
The mythology of Morgan le Fay
In many legends, Morgan le Fay is portrayed as a witch with the ability to fly and shapeshift. However, in alternate versions of Arthurian legend, she plays a pivotal role in helping a wounded King Arthur to the Isle of Avalon where she treats his injuries.
Whilst she is sometimes portrayed as a benevolent healer, Morgan le Fay is commonly cast as a villain who seeks to harm King Arthur and anyone associated with him in literature of the 19th and 20th centuries.
2023 UK Merlin £5
The second £5 in the series featured mythical wizard Merlin poised with his magical staff, ready to wield his power. If you look closely, you’ll also see Archimedes the owl – a character from author T. H. White’s The Sword in the Stone – sitting serenely on the wizard’s shoulder.
Designer David Lawrence gave collectors a peek at the mythical island Avalon in the background, while Martin Jennings’ portrait of King Charles III featured on the obverse of the coin.
2023 UK King Arthur £5
King Arthur featured on the first £5 in the Myths and Legends UK series. The legendary British King was depicted carrying a sword of Merlin’s creation – Excalibur!
I’m sure you’ll agree each of these dynamic coins has been a brilliant addition to the Myths and Legends series. Will you be adding Morgan Le Fay to your collection?
Powerful and eccentric Arthurian wizard, Merlin, features on a brand new UK £5 coin!
As the second £5 coin in the new Myths and Legends series, the 2023 UK Merlin £5 coin bears a design fitting of the mythical wizard…
On the reverse of the coin, you’ll see Merlin is poised with a magical staff, ready to wield his power. But, you can also spot Archimedes the owl sitting serenely on the wizard’s shoulder – a character from author T. H. White’s The Sword in the Stone!
Plus, designer David Lawrence has given collectors a peek at mythical island Avalon in the background, while Martin Jennings’ portrait of King Charles III features on the obverse of the coin.
The mythology of Merlin
The origins of Merlin can be traced back to the 12th Century, when British author Geoffrey of Monmouth established the magical mage within his works. Medieval texts saw Merlin not only prophesise and shapeshift, but also create the famous Wiltshire monument, Stonehenge!
Through countless generations, the tales of Merlin have largely revolved around King Arthur. The wizard is said to have contrived Arthur’s birth before guiding the future king to reign over England!
2023 UK King Arthur £5
Plus, King Arthur features in the Myths and Legends UK £5 series too, carrying a sword of Merlin’s creation – Excalibur! Find out more about the King Arthur £5 coin here >>
2023 UK Merlin CERTIFIED BU £5
The mythical Merlin has been celebrated by joining the Myths and Legends coin series – and we’re excited to see which legend will feature next! Comment below your guesses…
To commemorate the Life of the Queen, The Royal Mint has today released a new UK 50p and £5 coin. But when will you find a King Charles III coin in your change?
Find the King Charles III 50p in your Change!
It’s been confirmed that 9.6 million King Charles III 50p coins will begin to enter circulation from December.
The coins feature the brand new portrait of King Charles III for the FIRST TIME, making them particularly sought-after with collectors…
2022 UK Life of the Queen 50p
The 50p features the 2022 date and the reverse design created for the 1953 coronation crown, by Edgar Fuller and modelled by Cecil Thomas.
WORLD FIRST King Charles III 50p!
And, for the first time ever, we see King Charles III’s effigy on the obverse. This portrait was designed by sculptor Martin Jennings and was personally approved by His Majesty.
The inscription: CHARLES III | D | G | REX | F | D | 50 PENCE surrounds His Majesty’s portrait – facing left in line with tradition.
2022 UK Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II £5
£5 coins are traditionally reserved for flagship royal events and anniversaries, t this £5 coin an even more significant issue.
The reverse design, by John Bergdahl and The Royal Mint, features two portraits of Queen Elizabeth II on the reverse. The inscriptions ‘ELIZABETH REGINA’ and the dates ‘1926-2022’ also appear.
Seeing King Charles III’s effigy on our UK coins for the very first time is a landmark moment in numismatic history.
So, will you be on the hunt to find the King Charles III 50p in your change? Let us know in the comments below.
Own the 2022 UK Life of the Queen 50p alongside the brand new £5 coin
You can own the 2022 UK Her Majesty the Queen 50p and £5 together for JUST £15.98 (+p&p).
To get yours in official Change Checker packaging, simply click here >>