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Coinage portraits of King Charles III and related changes

Started by andyg, September 08, 2022, 08:19:58 PM

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Eurocoin commented that I have also started my own topic about Charles III, which he thought caused confusion.

I have therefore amended the title of my topic to make it more precise:

King Charles III: scope of his reign; speculation about the Commonwealth Realms

The title is unfortunately but unavoidably rather long.

I believe it is important to show the categories of countries / territories over which Charles reigns, and also to mention that he is additionally Head of the Commonwealth. It follows that these are the countries / territories on which his portrait may appear.

However, the bulk of my topic will be devoted to news about the Commonwealth realms and whether or not they wish to become republics. I will provide a link to this, andyg's topic, for any discussion and news about the actual coinage of Charles III. I believe this is a useful division of our topics, though I do not know whether andyg would agree.

We are currently in a transitional period, and eventually matters will settle down. In due course we will need a gallery topic specifically devoted to the numismatic portraits of Charles III. Currently, I suspect andyg, eurocoin and Deeman would be the best candidates to provide such a topic, but time will tell.
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The Government of Gibraltar has approved the first collectors coin that will have the portrait of King Charles III on its obverse. The coin, that will be released in various denominations and alloys, will commemorate the transition to the new monarch.

The various editions will respectively have the obverse lettering: CHARLES III. DEI. GRA. REX. F.D. GIBRALTAR and CHARLES III. D.G. REX. F.D. GIBRALTAR


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Quote from: <k> on December 23, 2022, 11:24:34 AMWill it be the same portrait as on the UK coins?

We will likely find out soon. It appears that Gibraltar is going to be the first issuer after the UK that will issue a coin with King Charles III on its obverse.


One week after HM Queen Elizabeth II died, the government of Alderney discussed the use of Alderney's coat of arms on their coinage. Unfortunately Alderney is a highly secretive and nontransparent island, and virtually no government documents are ever being published. So no further information is known at this point.

Alderney coat of arms.jpg


The London Mint Office will soon unveil the portrait of HM King Charles III that will be used by Tower Mint.



The portrait that Tower Mint will use on the obverse of (some of) its coins. Raphael David Maklouf is being credited for it.

Gibraltar Quarter Sovereign 2022 Accession of HM King Charles III-min.png


There appears to be a new portrait on an isle of man 50p on the Westminster site today.
always willing to trade modern UK coins for modern coins from elsewhere....




Isle of Man, 50 pence, 2023.

Images © Westminster Collection.

Obverse designer: Glyn Davies.

Reverse designer: Joe Cummings.
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Interview with the artist Glyn Davies, who previously worked at The Royal Mint and now works at Tower Mint:


Ian Rank-Broadley made this portrait for a medal that will be manufactured by the British company Fattorini, to commemorate the coronation.

Coronation-Medal-CIII (2).jpg


Quote from: eurocoin on January 19, 2023, 06:14:59 PMInterview with the artist Glyn Davies, who previously worked at The Royal Mint and now works at Tower Mint:

Thanks for that, I just watched the video. Interesting what he said about his career (football stadium live video editing? :D ), about developing the design (clay vs digital), and also about his talking to Raphael Maklouf.

Funny side note: When I watched that, it was somewhat noisy outside, so I turned the subtitles on. Those are machine generated, and while they work by and large, you occasionally get odd stuff. ;) For example, when Glyn Davies explains how the portrait is based on photos (not sessions with Charles), he say "the Prince" while the subtitles say "the prints".

Or, job wise, he worked "at the Royal Mint". Subtitles: "at the moment". And the best part, when it comes it to weird subtitling, was the question about Maklouf's portrait of QEII: "designing her effigy" became "designing her refugee". 8) But the actual interview provides some good insight about his education and background, and his coin designs!


It appears that Gibraltar will use the Raphael David Maklouf portrait on all of its coins, as it is also depicted on the obverse of this commemorative coin that will soon be released. Notice also the lettering 'King of Gibraltar'.

So far we know:

UK: Martin Jennings
Isle of Man, Jersey, Guernsey: Glyn Davies
Gibraltar: Raphael David Maklouf

Gibraltar 50 pence 2022.jpg


Seems that the bit about Davies doing the portrait design for all "British Isles coins" is quite precise: Gibraltar is not (in) the Isles, and a medal is not a coin. 8) On the other hand, a bit of variety is always welcome. The main point, when it comes to such portraits, is whether they are (instantly) recognizable, and will be at least for a couple of years.


The Commonwealth Mint will use a portrait by Jody Clark on the obverse of the coins it manufactures.