Royal Mint leaves Britons puzzled after sharing Twitter image of Charles III on new coin
‘Not sure you’ve grasped the rhyming concept of Elf of the Shelf!’: Twitter users are less than impressed as Royal Mint reveals the answer to its Xmas guessing game about new Charles III coin is… ‘Sovereign on the Sovereign’
- The Royal Mint showed off a new Sovereign design featuring King Charles’ head
- Urged public guesses with ‘You’ve heard of elf on the shelf. Now get ready for…’
- But attempt to go viral was greeted with bemusement and confusion by most
The Royal Mint has been left red-faced after an effort to make its launch of a new Sovereign featuring King Charles go viral online sparked ridicule.
Social media chiefs at the coin makers had attempted to mine into the ‘elf on the shelf’ craze on Twitter.
But it backfired considerably, with its unfinished ‘You’ve heard of elf on the shelf. Now get ready for…’ message receiving many unrepeatable responses.
It revealed later – and rather disappointingly – that the correct answer was ‘Sovereign on a sovereign.
The Royal Mint’s attempts to whip up excitement fell a little flat and greeted with confusion
The reveal prompted derision from many, with some questioning whether the Royal Mint’s social media team understood the answer was supposed to rhyme, while others simply declared their attempt ‘abysmal’.
Guesses veered from the witty to the ridiculous as social media users attempted to stumble on the correct answer.
Steve Cheeseman suggested: ‘King on some golden Bling?’
Naomi McAuliffe continued on a similar theme, with her idea of ‘King on some Kerching.’
Some Twitter users were extremely disappointed when the reveal was made by the Royal Mint
Guesses on Twitter veered from the ridiculous to the inspirational – as well as quite confused
Ring in the Sovereign
The new coin is limited to 3,000 and costs from £230.
It features a portrait of Charles for the first time on the front.
On the back is Jody Clark’s representation of the Royal Arms adorns the reverse of the coin
The Queen Elizabeth II Memorial Coin range is only available to purchase until 31 December 2022.
Another poster was less sure and admitted ‘Crown on a pound?? Who knows??’
Tim Doherty’s guess turned out to be correct and was ‘Sovereign on a sovereign’.
Meanwhile Matt Becker pondered ‘Hereditary ruler on the moolah’.
In September 2021 it was reported that one penny coins were back in production after they had been paused over the Covid pandemic.
Figures from the Royal Mint figures showed more than 88 million new 1ps were made.
The death of the Queen means pillar boxes, cash and stamps will have to be replaced with new images of King Charles.
Currency will be a gradual process as new items are minted and printed and brought into circulation.
On December 8 The Royal Mint showed off a new 50p coin featuring the portrait of King Charles III.
A 50p coin featuring the portrait of King Charles III at the Aldwych branch which is close to Clarence House
The 4.9 million new 50p coins will appear in circulation in post offices around the UK soon
The reverse or ‘tails’ side, commemorates the life and legacy of Queen Elizabeth II.
The 4.9 million coins will appear in circulation in post offices around the UK.
They are going to be distributed as change when customers make purchases.