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NHS celebrated in new 2023 coins bearing King Charles portrait

The 2023 commemorative coin sets will be available in a range of precious metal and base proof finishes. Photo: Royal Mint
The 2023 commemorative coin sets will be available in a range of precious metal and base proof finishes. Photo: Royal Mint

A 50p coin celebrating 75 years of the NHS is among the first commemorative coins for 2023 to bear the King’s official coinage portrait.

Collectors will see UK coins make their transition from portraits of Britain’s longest reigning monarch, Queen Elizabeth II, to an effigy of the King.

All new Royal Mint coins struck from January 1 2023 will bear the King’s portrait.

Coins in the commemorative collection will mark milestone anniversaries and moments in history, including the King’s 75th birthday.

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The 2023 annual set will include a £5 coin marking the 75th birthday of the King, a £2 coin celebrating the life and work of JRR Tolkien, a £2 coin celebrating the centenary of the Flying Scotsman, a 50p celebrating 75 years of the NHS and a 50p celebrating the Windrush generation.

coin 75 Years of the NHS National Health Service 50p. Photo: Royal Mint
A fifty pence coin commemorating the 75th anniversary of the National Health Service. Photo: Royal Mint

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Rebecca Morgan, divisional director of the collector services at the Royal Mint, said: “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.”

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The Royal Mint previously unveiled the King’s portrait in September 2022, as part of the Queen Elizabeth II memorial coin range.

Celebrating the Life and Work of JRR Tolkien £2 coin. Photo: Royal Mint
A £2 coin celebrating the life and work of JRR Tolkien. Photo: Royal Mint

Anne Jessopp, CEO of the Royal Mint, said: “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.

“Our role as an exemplar of British craftsmanship means each coin bearing his portrait is of the highest quality, from the metal it’s struck on, to the hours of craft that’s gone into the design, the tooling and the final product for our customers.

Celebrating the Centenary of Flying Scotsman £2. Photo: Royal Mint
A £2 coin celebrating the centenary of Flying Scotsman. Photo: Royal Mint

“As the official maker of UK coins, the Royal Mint has been proud to strike every single UK coin for Her late Majesty Queen Elizabeth II for 70 years.

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“As we enter the new year, we will start to see one of the biggest changes to UK coins for decades take place as King Charles III’s portrait begins to appear on all new UK coins.”

The 2023 commemorative sets will be available in a range of precious metal and base proof finishes, from January 3 on the Royal Mint’s website, with prices starting from £50.

A set of silver proof coins will be available for £311 and a gold set can be bought for £7,845. A platinum set can be purchased for £10,390.

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