King is presented with £5 coin featuring his crowned portrait for first time

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The King has been presented with a £5 coin from a coronation commemorative range featuring his crowned portrait for the first time.

The collection, which includes a 50p, will be released later this month ahead of the May 6 celebration.

Anne Jessopp, the Royal Mint’s chief executive officer, and the organisation’s director, Rebecca Morgan, met Charles at Windsor Castle to present him with the £5 coin – the first to be struck.

The crown was personally selected by the King for the portrait despite it no longer existing, having been destroyed in the 1640s.

It continues the tradition of the crown being used in portraits of kings in the 20th century, including those of his great-grandfather King George VI.

Mr Jennings said he was “proud” to have created the portrait, which he said was “both dignified and celebratory for this historic occasion”.

The 50p coin also features a drawing of Westminster Abbey by the Royal Mint’s resident designer, Natasha Jenkins, and Charles’ cypher and crown to symbolise him being inside the abbey where he will be crowned.

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The King is presented with a £5 coin by Royal Mint CEO Anne Jessopp (centre) and director Rebecca Morgan (Jonathan Brady/PA)

The range also contains a number of ounce coins that are available in several editions and sizes, each featuring the crowned portrait of the King on one side and an intricate design by John Bergdahl on the other.

The 50p coins will be available to buy from 9am on April 24 for between £11 and £1,220, while the £5 coins are priced between £14.50 and £2,995.

A 1kg solid gold proof coin featuring the designs of Mr Jennings and Mr Bergdahl will go on sale for £77,565.

Five million 50ps are set to enter circulation later in 2023 featuring the original, uncrowned effigy of Charles by Mr Jennings and the commemorative Westminster Abbey drawing by Ms Jenkins.

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The first struck £5 coronation coin has been presented to Charles (Jonathan Brady/PA)

Rebecca Morgan, director of collector services at the Royal Mint, called the range “a wonderful keepsake of such a historic occasion”.

“This is the first coronation that most of us will ever have seen – it has been 70 years since the last coronation in this country – and we know lots of people are gearing up to have a huge celebration,” Ms Morgan said.

“It is a historic moment for Britain and people are going to want something to remember it by and these coins are the perfect choice for that.”

She added: “The Royal Mint has struck the coins of the monarchy since the times of Alfred the Great.

“We are marking a moment in history and a new chapter in British coinage.”

The historian and curator at the Royal Mint Museum, Chris Barker, said the coins are unusual as they feature a crowned effigy of the King which in the 20th century has been reserved for commemorative medals only.

He said: “What also really stands out is the way the King is portrayed crowned because there’s a remarkable resemblance to his grandfather, George VI, and he has been shown wearing the Tudor Crown on coronation medals from his reign.

“You can see that the King is obviously channelling some of the iconography of the last king that Britain had.”

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