2023 King Charles III Coronation Fifty Pence Gold Proof Coin
22 carat gold proof Fifty Pence: a celebration of King Charles III’s coronation at Westminster Abbey in 2023.
Gold Proof 2023 Charles III 50p Coronation Coin
- Obverse: The official UK coin portrait of King Charles III, facing to the left and wearing Tudor Crown. Designed by Martin Jennings. Legend: 'CHARLES III · D · G · REX F · D · 50 PENCE · 2023 ·'.
- Reverse: Natasha Jenkins’ engraving of Westminster Abbey, with the royal cypher of Charles III in the foreground.
- Specification: Proof coin, struck in 15.50 grams of 22 carat gold. Diameter: 27.30 millimetres. Face value: 50p / Fifty Pence.
- Presentation: Issued in original limited edition packaging from The Royal Mint, including certificate of authenticity. One of just 500 offered in this presentation.
Buy Coronation 50p Coins
Five types of Charles III coronation 50 Pence coins will be released by The Royal Mint and are as follows:
- 2023 Coronation 50p Ordinary Circulation
- 2023 Coronation 50p Brilliant Uncirculated
- 2023 Coronation 50p Silver Proof
- 2023 Coronation 50p Silver Proof Piedfort
- 2023 Coronation 50p Gold Proof
There’s a subtle difference between the edition released for ordinary circulation and the four other versions intended for collectors. King Charles III will be wearing the Tudor crown on the obverse of the collectors’ coins, but he will have a bare head on the ordinary circulation piece which you’ll find in your change. So if you want to get your hands on the crowned effigy of the King, then you’ll need to purchase one of the coins specially struck for the collector’s market.
Coronation of Charles III
Charles III will be crowned at Westminster Abbey on 6 May 2023. His Majesty became King of the United Kingdom and 14 other Commonwealth realms following the passing of his mother, Queen Elizabeth II in September 2022.
Charles' coronation will be the first such royal ceremony held in roughly three generations. To celebrate this momentous national occasion the UK's national mint has announced the release of an expansive range of official commemorative coins, featuring commissioned designs by a trio of talented engravers.
The 2023 Charles III Coronation range from The Royal Mint features £5 coins, a new 50p and a range of troy ounce coins struck in silver and gold. There's even a special gold Sovereign, due to be struck on the day of His Majesty's coronation. Perhaps most excitingly, coins in the range will feature a new portrait of The King, specially created for this occasion.
This is not the first time that a British coronation has been celebrated with new coinage but it is undoubtedly the most extensive collection ever produced with options for a wide range of UK coin collectors.
Crowned Coronation Portrait Of Charles III
The first definitive coin portrait of King Charles was unveiled in late 2022 to much fanfare. The artist behind this important design is British sculptor Martin Jennings, better known for his large sculptures of UK literary figures. Commissioned before Charles ascended to the throne, the effigy shows The King looking left and has already been seen on coins in the 2022 Queen Elizabeth II Memorial range as well as other commemorative and circulating coins.
Though Jennings new portrait has only been in use for a few months we already have a new design to admire.
Coins in the 2023 Charles III Coronation range will feature a brand new crowned portrait, personally approved by His Majesty. This design shows Charles wearing the so-called Tudor Crown. The real Tudor Crown was destroyed in the seventeenth century but a stylised representation is still used in heraldry, including as part of The King's royal cypher.
The new portrait represents the first time that a British King has appeared crowned on his money for several centuries. While Queen Elizabeth II and Queen Victoria were shown wearing crowns or, rather, diadems, on some of their coins, male monarchs have been shown crown less on UK money since the time of King Charles II. However, there are some international coins showing Charles III's ancestors wearing a royal crown, including his grandfather, King George VI.
Westminster Abbey Coronation 50p Coin
UK coin collectors love Fifty Pence pieces. A whole range of special one-year-only designs have featured on the reverse of these seven-sided coins but it's only in recent years that royal events have been celebrated on 50ps.
The new 2023 Coronation 50p features a stylised line drawing of the distinctive Gothic architecture of Westminster Abbey. This iconic Anglican church in central London has been the location of 39 royal coronations and it's also where King Charles III will be crowned.
The Coronation 50p design is the work of Natasha Jenkins and also incorporates His Majesty's crowned royal cypher. Jenkins is a member of The Royal Mint's Product Design team and has previous created commemorative coins signed 'NP' under her maiden name, Natasha Preece. Speaking about her design she said:
'When approaching any design competition for The Royal Mint, I always know from the start that I want my designs to be instantly recognisable. For a design like this, I knew that it had to be iconic and really represent the coronation of The King. What better way to represent his coronation than the iconic building where he will be crowned on 6 May 2023? This is why I chose to opt for a stylised line drawing of Westminster Abbey that is instantly recognisable with Britain'.
When Will 2023 Coronation Coins Be Available?
You'll be able to buy official 2023 Coronation coin from 9am (BST) on Monday 24 April on The Britannia Coin Company website. That's the same time as The Royal Mint will release their stock.
Our 2023 Royal Mint Coronation coins are brand new and come in their original presentation packaging with their numbered certificates of authenticity enclosed. All our new coins are quality checked before they leave our shop in Royal Wootton Bassett, Wiltshire.
The advantage of buying your Charles III Coronation coins from us is that we offer free UK postage. If you're ordering from elsewhere we charge a flat £15 rate for international shipping, regardless of the value of your order or its destination. Visit our Delivery page for more information on postage and packing.
Charles III Coronation Coin Collection
A wide range of other King Charles III coronation coins are available to purchase as well as the Fifty Pence editions, including Five Pounds, troy ounce coins and even a strike-on-the-day sovereign. Each edition features a different design by an esteemed Royal Mint artist, with the full list of other coins as below:
- 2023 BU Sovereign SOTD Coronation
- 2023 Coronation £5 Brilliant Uncirculated
- 2023 Coronation £5 Crown Silver Proof
- 2023 Coronation £5 Crown Silver Proof Piedfort
- 2023 Coronation £5 Crown Gold Proof
- 2023 Coronation 1oz Silver Proof
- 2023 Coronation 2oz Silver Proof
- 2023 Coronation 5oz Silver Proof
- 2023 Coronation 1kg Silver Proof
- 2023 Coronation 1/40oz Gold Proof
- 2023 Coronation 1/4oz Gold Proof
- 2023 Coronation 1oz Gold Proof
- 2023 Coronation 2oz Gold Proof
- 2023 Coronation 5oz Gold Proof
- 2023 Coronation 1kg Gold Proof
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