The first commemorative one crown ever to feature the official Coronation Emblem
On 6th May, 2023, King Charles III becomes the first British monarch to be crowned in the 21st century. Not since 1953 have people lived through such an historic event, and many will not do so again. The world is a very different place to that of the late Elizabeth II, but one that still holds dear the longstanding traditions of ceremony and celebration. For years to come, people will ask: “Where were you when the King was crowned?”.
This is a great moment for Britain, and because of its significance, an exceptional silver crown has just been announced: the first of it’s kind ever to feature the official Coronation Emblem, a tribute to The King’s love of the natural world and to the four countries of the United Kingdom.
Our sixty-fifth monarch, King Charles III, will undertake the sacred coronation ceremony on the 6th May, 2023. This is an occasion steeped in history – William the Conqueror was the first to be crowned in Westminster Abbey in 1066, Edward I commissioned the Coronation Chair in 1300, Charles II remade the King Edward Crown for his coronation in 1661, and all three play an important role in the King’s coronation. The continuation of these traditions is in keeping with the King’s wish to “look towards the future, while being rooted in longstanding traditions and pageantry”.
So too are the celebrations and activities surrounding the coronation – the street parties that bring communities together in friendship and celebration, the volunteers creating a lasting legacy from the Coronation Weekend. This is an event that will live long in the memory, and many of us will wish to anchor it with a permanent reminder.
This is why the coronation of King Charles III is being marked with special commemorative silver crown.
The Coronation Emblem pays tribute to The King’s love of the natural world and to the four countries of the United Kingdom. The design brings together the rose of England, the thistle of Scotland, the daffodil of Wales and the shamrock of Northern Ireland into the shape of the St Edward’s Crown. This is the first silver crown to carry the Coronation Emblem.
The obverse of this coin is significant too. The King faces the opposite direction to his mother, maintaining a tradition that dates back to the Restoration of the monarchy in 1660 and the reign of the our new king’s namesake – King Charles II.