The 2023 Base Metal BU Definitive Annual 8-Coin Set contains the first UK definitive coins issued during King Charles III's reign. These coins have been personally approved by the King himself.
Designed by the Royal Mint engravers, these coins feature eight distinct reverse designs, highlighting King Charles III's passion, whilst also representing the four nations of the UK.
These coins come issued in a colourful presentation folder.
The Royal Mint's first set of definitive UK coins, issued during King Charles III's reign, showcases new reverse designs for the first time in 15 years. The most recent designs on our nation's coinage were the Royal Shield of Arms, introduced by the Royal Mint in 2008.
These designs were used on circulating coinage, even after the passing of Queen Elizabeth II. Soon, these new definitive reverse designs will be familiar to the UK population.
On the afternoon of 8th September, 2022, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, the longest-reigning monarch in British history, passed away at the age of 96 at Balmoral Castle in the presence of her family.
It was not until 10th September, 2022 that His Majesty King Charles III's formal proclamation of ascension to the throne was made, as the Accession Council convened at St James's Palace in London.
The obverse of these definitive UK coins features the official coinage portrait of King Charles III, by Martin Jennings. The obverses also feature a special coronation privy mark.
The 8 definitive reverse designs of this coin set beautifully capture the diverse flora and fauna of the United Kingdom. Each design is engraved to represent animals, some of which are endangered, and plants from all four nations. These designs not only pay homage to the rich biodiversity of the UK but also reflect King Charles III's profound passion for conservation. Here's a breakdown of the designs for each coin:
|Denomination||Description||Diameter (mm)||Weight (g)|
|Two Pound||Floral Emblems||28.40||12.00|
|Fifty Pence||Atlantic salmon||27.30||8.00|
|Five Pence||Oak Tree Leaf||18.00||3.25|
|Two Pence||Red Squirrel||25.91||7.13|
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