British circulating currency, especially since decimalisation, has seen a rise in popularity amongst collectors, with the iconic heptagonal fifty-pence coin attracting particular attention. The mintages on them vary tremendously, but it’s the wide mix of designs that appear to have captured imaginations. It helps that the subject range is so wide, with Britain’s rich history in virtually every field, and tendrils everywhere helping variety,
This year is a special one, with the UK having its first change of monarch since 1952, and the first launch of circulating currency reflects that fundamental shift. King Charles III has always been a keen proponent of nature and the environment, arguably way ahead of his time, and his passion for it shows itself constantly. It’s quite fitting that this debut set of issues taps into that so well, and the Royal Horticultural Society, and Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, aided in their design.
I have to say, we’re really impressed with the quality of designs on these eight coins. There isn’t a weak one amongst them, and the one pence, and one-pound coins are particularly nice. We’d imagine a proof set will be very attractive. You can pick one up right now, as the mint released them for sale just two hours ago, but the regular circulating coins won’t turn up at banks and post offices until early 2024.