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  • 50 Pence 2022, United Kingdom (Great Britain), Charles III, Queen Elizabeth II Memorial Coin Collection
  • 50 Pence 2022, United Kingdom (Great Britain), Charles III, Queen Elizabeth II Memorial Coin Collection

On 8 September 2022, Her Late Majesty Queen Elizabeth II passed away peacefully at Balmoral Castle in Scotland. For more than seven decades, Her Majesty upheld a promise she made in which she pledged her heart and devotion to the people of the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth.

Marking the historic succession from one monarch to another, the coins in the Memorial Coin Collection honouring Queen Elizabeth II are the first to feature King Charles III’s official coinage portrait designed by acclaimed sculptor Martin Jennings. In keeping with tradition, The King’s portrait faces to the left, the opposite direction to Queen Elizabeth II.

Charles III (Charles Philip Arthur George; born 14 November 1948) is King of the United Kingdom and 14 other Commonwealth realms. He acceded to the throne on 8 September 2022 upon the death of his mother, Elizabeth II. He was the longest-serving heir apparent in British history and, at the age of 73, is the oldest person to ascend the British throne. In 1981, he married Lady Diana Spencer, with whom he had two sons, William and Harry. In 1996, the couple divorced after they had each engaged in well-publicised extramarital affairs. In 2005, Charles married his long-time partner, Camilla Parker Bowles.


Depicts King Charles III’s effigy, surrounded by the Latin inscription. Engraver's initials on the neck.

CHARLES III DEI GRATIA REX FIDEI DEFENSOR means King Charles III, by the Grace of God King, Defender of the Faith.

Engraver: Martin Jennings (MJ)



Depicts four flat-topped shields forming a diagonal cross around a crown, the shields bear the arms of England (top left and bottom right), Scotland (top right) and Ireland (bottom left); between shields, the national flowers a rose (England), shamrock (Northern Ireland), leek (Wales ) and thistle (Scotland). The leek divides the date. Engravers' initials below.

Features a design created for the 1953 coronation crown coin (KM# 894) in a poignant tribute to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. Elizabeth II (Elizabeth Alexandra Mary; 1926–2022) was Queen of the United Kingdom and of 14 other Commonwealth realms. Her reign of 70 years and seven months, which began on 6 February 1952, was the longest of any British monarch in history.

Engravers: Edgar Fuller (EF) and Cecil Thomas (CT)

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Type Commemorative Issue (Non-circulating)
Material Silver
Fineness 0.925
Weight 8 g
Diameter 27.3 mm
Thickness -
Shape polygon
Sides 7
Alignment Medal
Royal Mint

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