The British Royal Coin House minted the first 50pence coin for King Charles, designed by British artist Martin Jennings based on a photograph taken on the king’s 70th birthday. And the emblems of Britain and a rose.
About 9.6 million coins will be in circulation in December of this year. “For many people, this will be the first time in their lives that they have seen a new king appear in cash,” said Kevin Clancy, director of the Royal Mint Museum. This represents the largest change in UK coins since the decimal point system (a unit of currency, the face of which displays the portrait of Queen Elizabeth II since the coin was introduced on February 15, 1971), and a new era will begin, in which the coins of Queen Elizabeth II and Charles are circulated in the UK.
“It was not unusual to see two or three different kings on coins prior to decimal division,” said Rebecca Morgan, director of collection services at the Royal Mint.