Some incredibly special sovereign coins were proposed for the coronation of Charles and Camilla, but it was doubted they would be approved.
Now, we are excited, and fortunate, to announce that for the first time in history, coronation sovereign coins have been minted featuring both the King and Queen.
One of only a handful of occasions on which multiple portraits have appeared on sovereign coins, and the only time a reigning king and queen have ever appeared
We are to bear witness to an event that has not been seen since 1937: the coronation of Britain’s new king, Charles III, and of his wife Camilla, as queen. Even the coronation of his own mother, Elizabeth II, was almost seventy years ago. The crowning of a new British monarch is an event that most of us will only ever see once. We now know that at the ceremony, we will see not only the crowning of King Charles III but also that of his wife who shall henceforth become known as Queen Camilla. This change to her titles is a sign of the deep affection the king has for the woman who is by his side, and now some history-making coins have been announced that further illustrates this.
Coins that had been rumoured and are now unexpectedly approved – the first sovereign coins ever to feature a reigning British king and queen, side by side on the same coin
Some truly exceptional coins had been proposed for the coronation of King Charles III and Queen Camilla. They feature portraits of both the King and his new Queen, but given how rarely permission has ever been granted for multiple portraits on gold sovereigns, we did not hold out much hope.
Now, we are delighted, if even a little shocked, that these coins have indeed been approved by Buckingham Palace. To celebrate the coronation of King Charles III, where his wife and new Queen, Camilla, will be by his side, these sovereign coins have been announced and are the first ever to depict a reigning British king and queen together.
Double portrait sovereigns are rare – those depicting a reigning king and queen have never been produced before!
There have only ever been two occasions on which monarchs have appeared alongside someone else on the obverse of sovereign coins. It’s usually a predecessor, although in the reign of Queen Elizabeth II she did appear alongside her husband Prince Philip. Never before though, has a reigning king and queen appeared on the same coin – that is until now:
- Our new King, Charles III, is the ninth monarch to have sovereigns bearing his portrait – but never before has a reigning king appeared with his queen. This is also the first sovereign upon which Queen Camilla has appeared.
- The skilful portraits of King Charles III and Queen Camilla are by Jody Clark, designer of the fifth (and final) coinage portrait of Queen Elizabeth II
- The reverse design features the official Coronation Emblem which pays tribute to the four countries of the United Kingdom, bringing together roses, thistles, shamrocks and daffodils into the shape of the St Edward’s Crown.
These new coins mark the incredible moment that Britain crowns a new king and queen – the first time this has happened in over eighty years. These first-of-their-kind coins anchor this moment in history.
Authorised by Tristan Da Cunha and approved by the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office and Buckingham Palace, it is a wonderful celebration – the first time in history, sovereign coins have been minted featuring both the King and Queen.
Benefit from the SELL OUT GUARANTEE
The 2023 King Charles III Coronation Double Portrait Fractional Sovereign Set will not exceed 1,948 sets and is also subject to our new SELL OUT GUARANTEE. What this means is that availability of this set will end on 31st August 2023. At that time, any sets that are unsold will be melted down and verified to that effect.
At that point, we will issue to owners of this set a new certificate stating the final mintage which may be lower, or possibly considerably lower, than 1,948. If the mintage remains at 1,948 then this means the set sold out entirely to keen customers, and if not, you may have secured for yourself a low mintage rarity.
Either way, there will be little or no surplus of this set on the secondary market and so the set you own will be a rarity in the gold sovereign series.