With the coronation of the new British king, Charles III, new coins were issued. It shows the new king’s love for plants and animals.
LONDON – New coins celebrating the accession of King Charles III to the throne will be released into circulation by the end of the year and will gradually replace Queen Elizabeth’s coat of arms.
The eight motifs celebrate the flora and fauna of the UK, from the dormouse that adorns the 1p coin, to the £2 coin featuring the four national flowers – the English rose, the Welsh daffodil, the Scottish thistle and the shamrock. northern Ireland.
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The Royal Mint announced on Thursday that the coins underscore the King’s passion for nature and its conservation. Some of the coins depict threatened or endangered species, including the world’s largest grouse, the capercaillie, which is only found in a small part of Scotland, the red squirrel, the puffin, and the Atlantic salmon.
King Charles III approved all decorations
The king was involved from the beginning and throughout the process, signing each individual coin, according to the Royal Mint.
“This is special because it’s about nature and we’ve never done this before,” said Kevin Clancy, director of the Royal Mint Museum, adding that the coins brilliantly demonstrated the King’s passion for preserving nature.
The coins will be introduced gradually based on demand, but since the coins can last up to 20 years, it will be a while before everyone switches to King Charles.
Although cash has become less important in recent years due to digital banking and the use of cards, a large proportion of the country still relies on cash and coins, according to the Royal Mint. Rebecca Morgan, director of commemorative coins at the Royal Mint, said: “The coins will have a functional use and represent a historic moment.”
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