The Royal Mint has unveiled eight new coin designs celebrating King Charles III’s passion for conservation.
The designs mark the final chapter of His Majesty King Charles III’s transition onto British coinage as they will replace current shield formation introduced under Queen Elizabeth II in 2008.
The new designs feature flora and fauna found around Britain, symbolising the importance of the natural world.
The new designs will appear on official UK coins ranging from 1p to £2 and are set to enter circulation next year.
The edge inscription of the new £2 coin was chosen by His Majesty and reads “in servitio omnium”, which is Latin for “In the service of all”.
The quote was taken from The King’s inaugural speech in September of last year.
The official commemorative set of the new designs are available to purchase from Thursday with prices starting from £33.
Anne Jessopp, chief executive officer of The Royal Mint said: “This is a rare and historic moment as the complete set of UK coins change to celebrate a new monarch on the throne.
“The striking designs have been seen by His Majesty and reflect his commitment to conservation and the natural world, as well as celebrating British craftsmanship.
“The Royal Mint has struck Britain’s coins for 1,100 years and this collection will proudly take its place amongst the designs of monarchs ranging from Alfred the Great to Elizabeth II.
“A unique pattern of interlocking C’s adorns each of the new designs.
“This unifying feature gives a nod to history through the cypher of Charles II while celebrating King Charles III’s commitment to conservation.”
Gordon Summers, chief engraver at The Royal Mint echoed Ms Jessopp’s sentiments calling the work he did on the coins a “privilege”.
“Flora and fauna have deep roots in the history of UK coinage, but this is the first time that all eight coins have celebrated nature and wildlife,” he said.
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