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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Last Coins of the Queen feature Special Privy Mark

2022 is likely a year no collector will forget.

We’ve celebrated a Platinum Jubilee, mourned the loss of our Queen and welcomed a new monarch to the throne.

And, as ever, these extraordinary moments are retold through our UK coins.

Today, to commemorate Queen Elizabeth II’s incredible life and reign, an official UK Memorial coin set has been released. The coins feature the eight definitive coins from 2022, alongside the new Memorial 50p and £5 with the King’s portrait.

2022 UK Queen Elizabeth II MEmorial Definitive Coin Set - with special privy mark.
Featuring the 1p, 2p, 5p, 10p, 20p, and 50p royal shield designs
the commemorative.
Privy Mark on Last Queen Coins
2022 UK Queen Elizabeth II Memorial Definitive Coin Set – with special privy mark.

Last UK Coins of Queen Elizabeth II

Importantly, the definitive coins in this set will be the last in the UK to feature Her Majesty’s portrait.

What’s more, each definitive obverse design also features a special privy mark to show the Queen’s year of birth and year of passing – a never-before-seen feature for these coins, which is bound to add to their collectability.

Privy Mark on Last Queen Coins
Privy Mark on Last Queen Coins

Since Her Majesty’s passing, we’ve seen incredible demand for QE II coins. Both historic and new issues. Recent releases are continuously selling out at The Royal Mint and older issues are becoming increasingly scarce as the nation rushes to secure keepsakes and lasting tributes for the Queen.

And this set features the very last coins of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, meaning rapid sell outs of the limited precious metal versions are absolutely on the cards…

The good news for collectors is that the Brilliant Uncirculated version of the set is unlimited.

However, The Royal Mint have announced that stock will only be available until the 31st December 2022, so the sales window is incredibly limited for those of you wanting to secure this set.

A recent photograph of Her Late Majesty the Queen. Pictured wearing a pink suit jacket and matching hat. She can be seen smiling.
A new commemorative UK coin set has been issued, including the last coins of Queen Elizabeth II, featuring a special privy mark.
Her Late Majesty the Queen. Source: Wikimedia Commons.

Appearing on our coins throughout her outstanding reign as our longest serving monarch, I’m sure you’ll agree that this set really is a touching tribute to Her Majesty. It’s a piece of history to treasure for generations to come.


Let us know in the comments below if you like the privy mark on the last Queen Elizabeth II coins.


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When will you find a King Charles III coin in your change?

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.

King Charles III Coin Obverse/Reverse in hand
King Charles III portrait on brand new UK 50p coin.

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

2022 UK Life of the Queen 50p coin. Secure yours in Brilliant Uncirculated quality here >>

This is only the second UK royal 50p, following the sought-after Platinum Jubilee 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.

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2022 UK Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II £5

In addition to the 50p, The Royal Mint has also issued the 2022 UK Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II £5 coin.

£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.

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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.


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