The Coronation of His Majesty King Charles III was one of the most momentous occasions in modern British History, marking the culmination of a 74-year journey to the throne.
A huge global spectacle, the ceremony itself defined a new chapter for the British monarchy, as His Majesty The King was crowned alongside Her Majesty The Queen.
And now, you can commemorate this landmark event with the new Coronation Sovereign 2023 Range, celebrating The King’s coronation.
The range isn’t available just yet, but the Struck on the Day Coronation Sovereign has already sold out – so make sure you register your interest below to be the first to receive the latest news on this milestone Sovereign release.
Today, Royal Mail have revealed their brand-new Coronation stamps. Comprised of four stamps, the official Coronation Miniature Sheet pays tribute to four elements of King Charles III’s legacy.
And following the insatiable demand we have already seen this week for The Royal Mint’s Coronation range, collectors are desperate to pair their coin with the official Coronation stamps!
That’s because, on 6th May, we will mark the biggest royal event in decades.
So, why not kick off the celebrations with an exclusive combination of numismatic and philatelic history?
Read on to learn more about the stamps themselves, and how you can secure all four in an exclusive presentation alongside some of the UK 2023 Coronation coins…
Designed by British artist, Andrew Davidson, Royal Mail’s official Coronation Miniature Sheet symbolises four elements of King Charles’ legacy.
Each stamp has been divided into representations of the Coronation, Diversity and Community, The Commonwealth, and Sustainability and Biodiversity. The designs embody themes of heritage, tradition, cohesion, democracy, peace, and nature – integral values to His Majesty.
These stamps have been thoughtfully set against a design of intermingling foliage, representing the union of the four UK countries: the rose, thistle, daffodil, and shamrock.
UK 2023 Coronation Covers
And today, we have been able to present all four of these official UK Coronation stamps in limited edition covers.
Paired alongside the UK 2023 Coronation 50p, £5, or both, you can secure the Coronation Miniature Sheet beside The Royal Mint’s new coins in either Brilliant Uncirculated or Silver Proof!
Or, you can get your hands on the extremely sought-after UK 2022 Memorial Sovereign – the first to feature His Majesty – in an exclusive cover with these stunning new Coronation stamps.
These limited edition covers are the perfect way to capture this poignant moment in history. In fact, they have all been postmarked by Royal Mail on the date of His Majesty’s Coronation – 6th May – which truly preserves this extraordinary historical feat and ensures no more can ever be made…
Extreme Demand for Coronation Coins
When The Royal Mint launched the UK 2023 Coronation coin range on the 24th April, nothing could have prepared collectors for the insatiable demand…
Nearly 70,000 people queued for the launch, and the Coronation coins were being snapped up within minutes.
So considering this could be your last chance to secure a UK 2023 Coronation coin, you don’t want to miss out on these exclusive coin covers.
The ‘Masterpiece’ is undoubtedly a flagship specification for Westminster collectors that truly lives up to the name.
Authorised to commemorate King Charles III’s Coronation, the masterpiece coin is struck from 5 ounces of Pure Silver to a pristine proof finish. The exquisite design pays tribute to the Coronation Regalia that will be used when the ceremony takes place on 6th May.
A closer look at the design…
The reverse features a beautiful heraldic design by Quentin Peacock. It takes inspiration from the regalia and Crown Jewels which are integral to the Coronation ceremony. The six windows showing each item represent the stained glass at Westminster Abbey.
The Crown Jewels are undeniably the most complete collection of royal regalia in the world. At the heart of the Crown Jewels is obviously the Coronation Regalia, sacred objects used in the coronation ceremony. So the six treasures featured on the Masterpiece Coin are:
- Sovereign’s Sceptre – This sceptre represents the sovereign’s spiritual role, with the dove symbolising the Holy Ghost. Traditionally it has been known as ‘the Rod of Equity and Mercy’.
- Sword of Offering – one of the objects with which the sovereign is invested during the coronation ceremony.
- St Edwards Crown – the crown used at the moment of coronation. A solid gold frame set with rubies, amethysts, sapphires, garnet, topazes and tourmalines. The crown has a velvet cap with an ermine band.
- Eagle-shaped Ampulla – used to hold the consecrated oil with which a sovereign is anointed during the coronation ceremony. It’s cast in the form of an eagle with outspread wings.
- Sovereign’s Orb – a representation of the sovereign’s power. It symbolises the Christian world with its cross mounted on a globe, and the bands of jewels dividing it up into three sections represent the three continents known in medieval times.
- Ancient Coronation Spoon – The Archbishop pours holy oil from the Ampulla into the spoon, and anoints the sovereign on the hands, breast and head. The anointing is the most sacred part of the coronation ceremony, and takes place before the investiture and crowning.
Meet the designer
Quentin Peacock has been illustrating heraldry for fifteen years. During this time, he has created many seals and medal art works. Quentin began illustrating in 1999, having studied Graphic Design and Illustration at university and has subsequently worked on many heraldic commissions over the years.
A note from the artist: “It has always been my aim to demonstrate how beautiful heraldry can be created digitally and even to look as if it has been hand painted. Digital heraldry will never (and neither should it) replace hand-created heraldic art, but we are in a digital age and the need for professional digital heraldry is growing. It is my intention to make sure that it is done well and even to serve as an inspiration to other artists.”
Striking the masterpiece
The Masterpiece Coin is struck from 5 ounces of Pure Silver and uses selective 24ct Gold-plating to enhance key elements of the design.
This stunning coin has been struck to a beautiful proof finish, the highest quality finish. Creating the mirror-like finish requires immense craftsmanship. The dies used to strike the coin are painstakingly hand finished to sharpen the design and remove any imperfections.
Additionally, the dies are regularly removed from the press and re-polished during production, ensuring every coin is minted to the highest standard.
Shop the King Charles III Coronation Range
And as I mentioned earlier, the incredible Coronation Masterpiece coin has already completely SOLD OUT. However, you can browse the full coronation range here >>