With the coronation of the new British king, Charles III, new coins were introduced. They show the new king’s love for flora and fauna.
LONDON — New coins celebrating the accession of King Charles III will be put into circulation by the end of the year and will gradually replace Queen Elizabeth’s coat of arms.
Eight figures celebrate the flora and fauna of the United Kingdom, from the dormouse adorning the 1p coin to the £2 coin featuring the four national flowers of the English rose, Welsh daffodil, thistle and shamrock for Scotland. Northern Ireland.
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The coins underline the King’s interest in nature and conservation, the Royal Mint announced on Thursday. Some coins depict endangered or threatened species, including the capercaillie, the world’s largest grouse, which is found only in a small part of Scotland, the red squirrel, the puffin and the Atlantic salmon.
King Charles III gave his consent to all the aims
According to the Royal Mint, the king was involved at the start and throughout the process, signing each coin individually.
“It’s very special because it’s about nature and we’ve never done it before,” said Kevin Clancy, director of the Royal Mint Museum, who said it “brilliantly demonstrates the King’s interest in protecting nature.”
The coins will be phased in based on demand, but since the coins last up to 20 years, it will be a while before everyone switches to the King Charles.
Although cash has become less important in recent years due to digital banking and card use, large parts of the country still rely on cash and coins, according to the Royal Mint. “Coins will have a functional use and represent a historical moment,” said Rebecca Morgan, director of commemorative coins at the Royal Mint.
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