Buckingham Palace reveals King Charles III’s new cipher - when will coins, banknotes and stamps change?

Items bearing the new king’s monogram will begin to filter through today

The new cipher for King Charles III, which will be used on government buildings, state documents and some post boxes, has been revealed by Buckingham Palace.

The new monarch chose the monogram ‘CIIIR’, including a C for Charles and R for Rex, the Latin word for king, from designs by the College of Arms.

Hide Ad

The cipher will be used on items such as coins, stamps, passports, uniforms and ‘franking mail’ - a prepaid postage option printed directly on an envelope.

Most Popular

    A Scottish version of the cipher will feature the Scottish coat of arms.

    Hide Ad
    The new monarch chose the monogram ‘CIIIR’, including a C for Charles and R for Rex, the Latin word for king, from designs by the College of Arms.

    Buckingham Palace’s Court Post Office, which handles about 200,000 mail items per year, will frank the first items of mail with the king’s cipher today (Tuesday, September 27).

    Hide Ad

    The late Queen Elizabeth II’s cipher, EIIR, stood for Elizabeth II ‘Regina’, the Latin word for queen, and included a stylized version of St. Edward’s crown.

    Buckingham Palace said the decision to replace ciphers will be at the discretion of individual organisations - and the process will be gradual.

    Hide Ad

    When will coins, banknotes and stamps change?

    The Royal Mint estimates that there are 27 billion coins bearing the late Queen Elizabeth II’s portrait that will be in circulation ‘for many years to come’.

    Hide Ad

    Anne Jessopp, chief executive officer of The Royal Mint, said: “The first coins bearing the effigy of His Majesty King Charles III will enter circulation in line with demand from banks and post offices.

    Hide Ad

    “This means the coinage of King Charles III and Queen Elizabeth II will co-circulate in the UK for many years to come.”

    King Charles III follows the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II as it travels inside Windsor Castle on September 19.
    Hide Ad

    Stamps bearing King Charles III’s portrait will go into circulation when current stock has sold out, the Royal Mail confirmed.

    While the Bank of England said that banknotes bearing the king’s likeness are expected to enter circulation in 2024.

    Hide Ad

    Meanwhile, all existing stamps and currency with the Queen’s image will remain valid.