Time for the Royal Mint to reveal its base circulating coin designs for 2023, so we’ve popped back from our holiday break to post up the designs for your perusal. There’s always been a huge selection of anniversaries and events to choose from to commemorate in the UK, so we’re never actually sure until they’re announced exactly what is coming.
It’s another varied mix, with the bimetallic-looking £2 format getting our favourite designs of the five, one for that iconic train, The Flying Scotsman, and the other for the legendary author of the Lord of the Rings, JRR Tolkien. The very popular heptagonal fifty-pence format gets designs for the Windrush Generations, celebrating the first migrants from the Caribbean to come to live in the UK after the end of the Second World War, and the beloved National Health Service. Finally, there’s a £5 format offering marking the 75th birthday of King Charles III.
Most of these will appear in various gold, silver, and platinum variants as the year progresses, but the usual annual sets will be available to buy from 03 January directly from the Royal Mint. There will also be base-metal sets, including the usual standard circulating coins as well, all featuring the effigy of King Charles III for the first time. Sets range in price from £50, right up to the platinum at £10,390, so something for all budgets.