2023 King Charles III Britannia 1/2 oz Gold Coin

The 2023 UK King Charles III Britannia 1/2oz Gold Coin features the first portrait of the New King, Charles The Third. This is also the first Britannia Coin to feature a monarch other than the late Queen Elizabeth II.

The coin features the internationally recognised original portrait of Britannia. The design was created by Philip Nathan and is exclusive to The Royal Mint.

  • The obverse features the first coinage portrait of His Majesty The King
  • The world’s first bullion coin to feature the first coinage portrait of His Majesty King Charles III
    Surface animation creates a background of moving waves
  • The micro-text provides both decoration and protection
  • Britannia’s shield bears the Union flag, which is accented with tincture lines


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The reverse of the 2023 UK King Charles III Britannia 1/2oz Gold Coin includes additional security features making it the most visually secure coin in the world. The Britannia 1/2oz Gold Coin includes a laser engraved wave pattern and latent image marker that changes from Britannia’s famous trident to a padlock. The micro-text that borders the design reads ‘DECUS ET TUTAMEN’, which translates to ‘An Ornament and a Safeguard’. Britannia’s shield has been specially highlighted with tincture lines. Details of the coin’s 2023 year-date, weight and fineness also feature on the reverse side.

The obverse of the coin bears the New First coinage portrait of King Charles III designed by sculptor Martin Jennings, along with the monetary denomination of 100 pounds.

Each coin weighs 1 Troy Ounce and is 999.9 Fine Gold.
First portrait of King Charles III.
Coins are NEW and minted to Bullion Standard.
Coin edge is reeded and the alignment is horizontal.

Britannia gold coins are British bullion coins issued by The Royal Mint since 1987. Up until 2013 Britannia gold coins were produced in 22ct (0.917) the non-gold component being copper until 1989 and silver from 1990. As of 2013, Britannia gold coins have been produced in 24ct, a fineness of 999.9.

Only The Royal Mint has the trademark to produce genuine Britannia coins. Britannia is the feminine personification of Britain, she is renowned for her beauty and symbolises Britain’s strength and integrity, and is an enduring icon that has been used in the UK for over 2,000 years.

UK Government assurance of weight and purity.

Additional information

Metal type


Year Release




Pure metal content

0.5 Troy Oz




999.9 Fine Gold

Reverse designer

Philip Nathan

Obverse designer

Martin Jennings