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2023 King Charles III coins announced – upcoming 50p, £2, and £5s…
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
On May 4th, a brand new UK Star Wars™ 50p series was announced. This’ll be the first time Star Wars™ has featured on a UK 50p, so it’s sure to be popular with collectors.
The series will include 4 new UK 50ps featuring designs of R2-D2 and C-3PO, Darth Vader and Emperor Palpatine, Luke Skywalker and Princess Leia and Han Solo and Chewbacca. All of the coins will feature the inscription ‘STAR WARS’.
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Ada Lovelace £2
The Royal Mint’s Innovation in Science series continues with a brand new £2 dedicated to English mathematician and writer, Ada Lovelace.
Lovelace is often considered the first computer programmer, having had the idea for a computer language long before the first computer was invented. She also worked closely with Charles Babbage, who has previously featured on a UK £2.
This new £2 will feature a design of computer punch cards accompanied by the inscription “ADA LOVELACE COMPUTER VISIONARY 1815-1852 A DISCOVERER OF THE HIDDEN REALITIES OF NATURE”.
The coin will have a grained edge and in incuse letters the inscription “· INNOVATION IN SCIENCE · LOVELACE”
Dame Shirley Bassey £5
Dame Shirley Bassey will be the next music legend to feature on a UK £5 coin.
Widely regarded as one of the most popular vocalists in Britain, she is best known for recording the theme songs for three James Bond films. Bassey was even made a Dame by the late Queen in 1999 for services to entertainment.
A silhouette of Dame Shirley Bassey will feature on a new UK £5 coin accompanied by the inscription “DAME SHIRLEY BASSEY” and the song titles “GOLDFINGER”, “MOONRAKER” and “DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER”.
The Police £5
We can expect a new Music Legends £5 to be issued this year, paying tribute to world famous rock band, The Police.
The Police became globally popular in the late 70s and early 80s for their style of rock which was influenced by punk, reggae and jazz.
The reverse design will feature a depiction of the silhouettes of the three members of The Police and the obverse will feature King Charles III’s effigy.
National Health Service 50p
Excitingly, we can expect a new NHS 50p to be issued in 2023, marking its 75th anniversary.
“· CHARLES III · D · G · REX · F · D · 50 PENCE ·” and the date of the year are set to appear on the obverse.
For the reverse, the inscription “NATIONAL HEALTH SERVICE 75” surrounds by words describing qualities associated with the NHS.
Windrush Generations 50p
2022 will mark 75 years since the arrival of Empire Windrush in the UK, carrying people from British Commonwealth countries.
The reverse design will depict a man and a woman set against a Union flag accompanied by the number 75 and the inscription “WINDRUSH GENERATIONS”.
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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Charles in your Change – where will you find a KCIII 50p and how much is it worth?
A new UK 50p has entered circulation featuring King Charles III’s portrait for the first time – but collectors are wondering, “how much is it worth?”
Special collector versions of the coins have already been issued and their limited edition presentations sold out within JUST HOURS!
4.9 million of these very 50ps will begin circulating from December.
You all know how many people will want this coin.
So, it could be tricky to get your hands on one.
How will you find the new KCIII 50p?
That’s why Change Checker is launching our Charles in your Change campaign – helping you collectors increase your chances of finding this 50p.
We’re asking the UK public to register where in the country they found it.
This will help us to update our collector map showing the best hot spots to find the new coin.
We’ll update this every week, so you can keep track of where, and how quickly these coins are moving around the country.
What will the King Charles III 50p be worth?
Any avid collectors knows the worth of a scarce coin.
A look at the Change Checker Scarcity Index will show you just how sought-after UK coins can be.
The coin at the top of the 50p Scarcity Index is the Kew Gardens 50p – just 210,000 entered circulation in 2009 and they still (over 13 years later) fetch around £100 on secondary market sites.
The value of the King Charles III 50p depends on what someone is prepared to pay in the future – that’s part of the joy of collecting.
But, you can be sure that if you find one in your change, you’ll own a small piece of history – the very first coin of King Charles III’s reign. And remember, it’ll never be worth less than its face value of 50p.
When will there be more coins?
Look out for a new £1 coin design next year.
It’ll be the first new £1 design since 2017 and excitingly, the very first £1 coin that could feature King Charles III’s portrait on the obverse. Find out more here >>
And of course, look out for those definitive coins – 1p – £2 coins. They will, inevitably, be redesigned in the future to have His Majesty’s portrait on them.
The first definitive coins of a new monarch’s reign mark a significant moment in numismatic history. Consequently, collectors will be racing to find a complete set of definitive coins.
Swap your coins with other collectors
Swapping your coins with other collectors will help you fill any gaps you may have in your coin collections.
If people are lucky enough to find more than one King Charles III 50p in their change, they could be prepared to swap one.
So, if you do struggle to find the 50p in your change you should head the Change Checker Community Group on Facebook. You can get tips, tricks, and even swap with other collectors – completely for free!
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New £1 coin design to enter circulation!
A brand new £1 coin is set to enter circulation, marking the 40th anniversary of it’s introduction!
Chancellor Rishi Sunak has announced that artist Michael Armitage will design the new coin.
It’s believed the coin’s design will celebrate the culture, creativity, and heritage and history of the UK in the 21st century.
Speaking at a Royal College of Art’s (RCA) reception, Mr Sunak said: “I am delighted that Michael will lend his vision to the creation of this new £1 coin design in its 40th anniversary year. This coin will symbolise the rich tapestry of modern Britain and honour our deep heritage and history.”
Michael Armitage was earlier this year elected as a Royal Academician in the category of painting by the Royal Academy of Arts, London – meaning we’re sure to see a fantastic design on this brand new coin!
This will be the the first new £1 design since 2017 and Armitage said it will “combine our 1,100 years of craftsmanship with cutting-edge design to champion modern Britain.”
The 12-sided £1 coin has been in circulation since its introduction in 2016, having replaced the familiar round pound coins. It’s aim was to be the most secure coin yet.
This brand new design will become the standard circulating £1 coin* and will include the current “world-leading” high-security features to protect against counterfeiting, the Treasury said.
We can’t wait to see the design of this brand new coin and to start searching for it in our change! Let us know in the comments below if you’re excited to find this new coin!
*The new coin will enter circulation in 2023, marking the 40th anniversary of the modern £1 coin.
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