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Britain's new coins!

Posted on Thu, 12 October 2023 by Phil Mussell - General News, Coin News

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The Royal Mint has unveiled eight brand new coin designs that will soon appear on official circulating UK coins, ranging from the 1p to the £2.

The new designs are inspired by flora and fauna found across Britain and reflect King Charles III’s passion for conservation and the natural world.  

The new design of the nation’s coins – officially known as definitives - marks the final chapter of His Majesty King Charles III’s transition onto British coinage. The eight new coin designs will replace the current shield formation introduced under Queen Elizabeth II in 2008.  

Unifying the new coins is a unique repeating pattern featuring three interlocking C’s. This aspect of the design takes its inspiration from history and the cypher of Charles II, while the flora and fauna look to the future and the importance of the natural world. The edge inscription of the new £2 coin was chosen by His Majesty and reads ‘IN SERVITIO OMNIUM’, Latin for ‘In the service of all’. It was taken from The King’s inaugural speech on September 9, 2022. 

The designs are:

A hazel dormouse on the 1p

A Red Squirrel on the 2p

Oakleaves on the 5p

A Capercaillie (Grouse) on the 10p

A Puffin on the 20p

An Atlantic Salmon on the 50p

Bees on the £1 

The flowers of the United Kingdom on the £2

The coins, which have been created with the support of the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) and Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB), are expected to enter circulation next year.

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Image courtesy of the Royal Mint