The Royal Mint unveils first King Charles III coins for 2023

Britain's Royal Mint has revealed the first commemorative coins for 2023 to bear King Charles III's official coinage portrait.

The release is the first chance for collectors to own a set of 2023 dated coins that feature King Charles III's portrait.

The unveiling of this collection of coins symbolises one of the biggest changes to UK coins since decimalisation, as collectors will see UK coins begin their transition from a portrait of Britain's longest-reigning monarch Queen Elizabeth II to her son King Charles III.

Anne Jessopp, CEO of The Royal Mint, commented: "The Royal Mint has an official duty to strike the coins of UK monarchs and has been responsible for doing so since the reign of Alfred the Great. We were the first Mint to reveal the effigy of King Charles III in September 2022 and as Deputy Master of the Mint, I am honoured to unveil the first collection of 2023 coins featuring the effigy of King Charles III as we cement our role in history with this next chapter in British coinage."

The Royal Mint's Annual Sets celebrate key events and anniversaries throughout the year, bringing milestones to life on a £5, £2 or 50p coin. The 2023 Annual Set will include coins celebrating and commemorating the 75th birthday of His Majesty King Charles III (a special £5 coin), a £2 coin Celebrating the Life and Work of JRR Tolkien, a £2 coin Celebrating the Centenary of the Flying Scotsman, the 75 Years of the National Health Service 50p, and the 75 Years of the Windrush Generation 50p.

Rebecca Morgan, Divisional Director of the Collector Services at The Royal Mint, added: "Each year The Royal Mint reveals a collection of coins, known as the Annual Set, which feature a range of designs that appear on £5, £2 and 50p coins marking some of the year's most significant moments and anniversaries."

"The Annual Set provides members of the public with an opportunity to collect the very first coins of 2023 with The King's portrait and mark this historic transition in monarchy on coins."