First look: this London exhibition shows off brand-new King Charles III banknotes

First look: this London exhibition shows off brand-new King Charles III banknotes


After the coronation of King Charles III, some of the biggest changes to everyday life in the UK concerned how and where we’d see his face. After all, the monarch’s mug is everywhere, from passports to stamps. When, for instance, would King Charlie find himself on our coins and banknotes – and what might that cash look like?

Following the release of the first coin designs with Charles’ face on back in December 2022 and the Royal Mint’s release of Charlie-inspired coins last year, now new King Charles III banknotes are set to go into circulation. Before they officially go out, however, you’ll be able to get a sneak peek of what they look like thanks to a new exhibition.

Called ‘The Future of Money’, the exhibition will be at the Bank of England Museum. It’ll explore lots of futuristic topics around money and payment systems (crypto and artificial intelligence both feature) but, importantly, it’ll offer the public the chance to see King Charles III on UK notes for the first time. 

Here are a couple more pics of the new notes.

New banknotes with King Charles III
Image: Bank of England Museum
New banknotes with King Charles III
Image: Bank of England Museum

While King Charles banknotes will start being issued sometime later this year, ‘The Future of Money’ opens on February 28 and will run all the way through to September 2025. It’s also completely free, and you won’t need an advance ticket. You can find out more on the Bank of England Museum website here.

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Costumes from ‘The Crown’ are on display at this free exhibition

Costumes from ‘The Crown’ are on display at this free exhibition


Calling all fans of ‘The Crown’! If you’re still grieving the end of the last-ever series, listen up – you’ve got a chance to have a gander at the show’s most dazzling props in the IRL. 

The Crown’’s creators Left Bank Pictures are putting a tonne of outfits, jewellery, vehicles and much, much more on display at Bonhams, where they’ll eventually be auctioned. A whopping 450 props are set to go under the hammer across two auction sessions in February – but until then, they’re part of a free exhibition. 

From today (January 11), the props will be shown for all to see – and the collection sounds pretty mega. 

On display will be the world’s only copy of the Gold State Coach, which is two-thirds the size of the 1792 original. It’s expected to fetch around £50,000 at auction.

Also featured is Netflix’s four-metre high replica of Number 10 Downing Street (estimated to reach £30,000), the recreation of Lady Diana’s ‘revenge dress’ (which could fetch £12,000), and a replica of her engagement ring (worth around £3,000). 

Netflix is apparently hoping the props will raise up to £1 million all together, and proceeds are earmarked to go towards a new programme for film students at Left Bank Pictures.

If you don’t have thousands of pounds to spare, there are some slightly more budget-friendly inclusions. The Queen Mother’s drink set and swizzle stick should fetch between £60-80, meaning you might be able to actually bag one of the props for yourself. 

The exhibition is open from 9:30am to 4:30pm on weekdays and 10am to 4pm on weekends, from now until February 5. The first round of auctioning will take place on February 7. 

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