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2023 UK Piedfort Silver Proof Commemorative Five Coin Annual Set

D23PFCS 2023 UK Piedfort Silver Proof Commemorative Five Coin Annual Set Boxed
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One of just 400 issued! Sterling silver piedfort proof 2023 annual set from The Royal Mint featuring five new commemorative coins. This five-piece set contains new commemorative coinage from our national mint, celebrating British heritage and culture, including the new Windrush Generations and NHS 75th anniversary Fifty Pence pieces. These are accompanied by a pair of Two Pound coins, a tribute to fantasy author J R R Tolkien and the famous steam train, the Flying Scotsman, respectively. This exclusive set is rounded out with a Five Pound Crown struck to mark King Charles III’s 75th birthday. His Majesty’s new portrait by Martin Jennings appears on the obverse of each of the five coins in this set, making this the first annual collection from The Royal Mint to feature this definitive design. These double-thick coins are all composed of .925 sterling silver and weigh twice as much as standard British currency (total weight of the set: 136.56 grams). Piedfort coins have a long history but they’ve always been rare and the pieces in this 2023 set are no exception. They boast a fine proof finish, achieved with multiple strikes of hand-prepared dies. Intended for the collector, proof coins capture all the fine detail of the sculptor's design, allowing the owner to enjoy the piece as intended. This pre-owned 2023 piedfort set comes in its original Royal Mint presentation box - designed for display - with a detailed information booklet and a numbered certificate of authenticity enclosed. An important set for serious UK coin collectors.
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Limited edition five-coin piedfort silver proof UK annual sets from The Royal Mint, available now with free shipping.

Buy A Piedfort Silver Proof 2023 Annual Set

Collectible set from the UK's national mint featuring five commemorative coins, new for 2023, in a sterling silver piedfort finish. These precious metal coins are twice the weight and thickness of those you’ll find in your change and sparkle with a fine proof finish. Struck multiple times with hand-prepared dies, the result is a superior collectors coin, rich in detail.

This set contains:

  • 2023 75th Birthday £5 Piedfort Silver Proof
  • 2023 J R R Tolkien £2 Piedfort Silver Proof
  • 2023 Flying Scotsman £2 Piedfort Silver Proof
  • 2023 NHS 50p Piedfort Silver Proof
  • 2023 Windrush 50p Piedfort Silver Proof

These coins come in an attractive presentation box, the coins sealed in protective packaging to allow appreciation without direct handling. A detailed information booklet and a numbered certificate of authenticity are enclosed.

New King Charles III Coin Portrait

The five silver piedfort coins in this 2023 set feature the new definitive coin portrait of King Charles III. This effigy is the work of British sculptor Martin Jennings and was unveiled in late 2022 as a replacement for Jody Clark's portrait of the late Queen Elizabeth II.

Jenning's portrait of His Majesty shows the King facing left, the opposite direction to his mother in accordance with an old British coinage tradition, dating back to the seventeenth century. Charles is shown uncrowned, like his grandfather, George VI; great-grandfather, George V; and great-great-grandfather Edward VII.

This is the first time this portrait has been used on a UK annual set, marking an important moment of transition for British money and our monarchy.

Are 2023 Silver Piedfort Sets A Good Investment?

As the first annual set issued in King Charles III's reign, 2023 proof sets are a key acquisition for any serious collector of UK coinage. We saw significant demand for 2022 annual sets following the passing of Her Majesty the Queen and we're expecting these new sets to have similar appeal.

2023 proof sets are only available in limited numbers, meaning our stock and The Royal Mint's will sell out fast. This silver piedfort set is only available in very limited numbers which gives it a special appeal to those interested in modern precious metal coinage.

The Royal Mint has only issued 400 of these silver proof piedfort 2023 sets worldwide.

Additional 2023 annual sets are also available in BU, a premium proof edition as well as gold, silver and platinum. Browse our full range online now: 2023 Annual Sets.

Windrush 75th Anniversary 50p

This new 2023 Fifty Pence marks seventy-five years since the HMT Empire Windrush docked in Tilbury, Essex, carrying 1027 passengers who had embarked in Jamaica. The ship's arrival has become symbolic of the generation of post-war Commonwealth migrants who came to live in Britain and whose contributions and struggles we remember each year on Windrush Day (22 June).

The design is the work of Jamaican-British artist Valda Jackson and depicts two smartly-dressed passengers, standing against the Union flag with '75' to their left and 'WINDRUSH GENERATIONS' below. Speaking of her coin, Jackson said

'I am very happy to have my design selected for this coin, which honours our parents and their legacy; and which celebrates our presence, achievements and contributions that continue to enrich our society'.

Individual brilliant uncirculated, silver proof, piedfort silver proof and gold proof editions of this Windrush will be available at a later date.

NHS (National Health Service) 50p

In the same year that the Windrush arrived, our National Health Service was established, bringing universal healthcare, free at the point of service, to all Brits. The NHS is a massive point of national pride with its doctor's and nurses' tireless work during the Covid-19 pandemic garnering renewed appreciation.

This 2023 Fifty Pence incorporates words associated with the NHS including 'Dedication', 'Compassion' and 'Gratitude' surrounding an inscription that reads 'National Health Service 75'. It's the work of senior Royal Mint designer Alice Lediard and is her first design to feature on UK coinage.

The Royal Mint previously marked fifty years of the NHS with another 50p (the 1998 coin can be found in silver proof, piedfort silver proof and gold proof presentations). The 2023 75th anniversary coin will be available in BUnc, silver proof, piedfort silver proof, gold proof and platinum proof.

Flying Scotsman Centenary £2

The first of two new 2023 Two Pound coins marks 100 years since the 4472 Flying Scotsman entered service. Built in 1923, the world record-setting train ran between London and Edinburgh, a symbol of the age of steam. Today you can see the original LNER locomotive at the National Railway Museum in York while the iconic name is still used by an express passenger train service between the English and Scottish capitals.

The reverse of this coin features the train with the inscription 'FLYING SCOTSMAN LNER 4472' and the anniversary dates '1923 - 2023' below. The edge inscription reads 'LIVE FOR THE JOURNEY'. The designer here is veteran coin designer John Berghdahl who said of this £2:

'I ultimately wanted to portray speed and movement in the design, which is why I included steam coming from the locomotive to convey the image of it travelling at great speed. There is also this romantic sentiment of the steam engine travelling through time, which is factually representative of Flying Scotsman's 100-year journey.'

You'll find this Flying Scotsman 2 Pound coin inside 2023 annual sets and in BU and proof individual presentations. The silver, piedfort silver, gold and platinum editions maintain the bimetallic appearance of standard £2 coins with plating and metal-colour differences for an attractive finish.

J R R Tolkien 50th Anniversary £2

The second new 2023 Two Pound coin is a tribute to the life and legacy of John Ronald Reuel Tolkien, author of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. Tolkien passed away in 1973 and now joins a very small group of British writers to be celebrated on coinage.

David Lawrences' design for the reverse of this £2 centres on Tolkien's monogram (a combination of his initials), surrounded by a rune-inspired pattern: a nod to the author's academic career as a philologist, centred on the study of Old English literature. The outer rim of these bimetallic coins reads '1892 J R R TOLKIEN 1973' with 'WRITER · POET · SCHOLAR' below. The edge inscription - 'NOT ALL THOSE WHO WANDER ARE LOST' is a line from 'The Riddle of Strider' from The Fellowship of the Ring.

These Tolkien 2 Pound coins will eventually be available in an individual presentation with brilliant uncirculated, silver proof, piedfort silver proof, gold proof and possibly platinum finishes.

King Charles 75th Birthday £5 Crown

Rounding out 2023 annual sets is a new Five Pound coin, dedicated to King Charles III. His Majesty will celebrate his 75th birthday on 14 November, six months after his coronation in May.

The new coin is the work of Royal Mint product designer Dan Thorne and pays tribute to The King's environmental campaigning and work with young people from disadvantaged backgrounds. Charles III's crowned royal cypher appears in the centre with a ladybird above and a bee below. A dragonfly rests beneath the numerals '75', dividing the dates: 1948 and 2023. This motif is surrounded by oak leaves and delphiniums (the King's favourite flower).

The words 'HIS MAJESTY KING CHARLES III' appear above with precious metal editions (silver proof, piedfort silver proof and gold proof) bearing an edge inscription reading 'RESTORING HARMONY WITH NATURE'. BU and base-metal proof coins lack this inscription.

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