Assay Offices approve new King Charles III coronation hallmark
The Assay Offices of the UK has announced the approval of a new hallmark for the coronation of King Charles III.
Based on a medal by Ian Rank-Broadley FRBS and using artwork supplied by Thomas Fattorini, the mark depicts the King’s head against an oval background.
The mark can be applied to gold, silver, platinum or palladium items, by any of the four UK assay offices.
The King’s Coronation Mark will be an optional mark. Punches will be available in sizes 1mm to 6mm and the minimum size will be 1mm for punches, and 0.75mm for laser.
It can be placed anywhere viable on the item being hallmarked, and can differ in size from the compulsory component marks.
The mark can be used with or without the current Date Letter mark. The cost of applying the mark in a standard size will be £1, in addition to the standard hallmarking charges.
A spokesperson for the Assay Offices of the UK said: “The UK Assay Offices have a long tradition of capturing special events with the creation of commemorative hallmarks. The special mark provides an additional narrative for products carrying the mark. Equally importantly, it brings the importance of the hallmark into focus with the jewellery-buying consumer.”
“Jewellers, silversmiths and retailers can request the mark from their assay office from 1 March 2023 until the end of 2024. The commemorative mark can be applied with or without the current date letter mark.”
They added: “The addition of the commemorative mark will cost £1 for each article on which it is struck as standard, over and above the standard hallmarking charges. Laser and feature commemorative marks may be subject to additional charges. Contact your assay office for more information.”