Royal Mint's attempted King Charles meme leaves everyone baffled
The Royal Mint left Twitter users baffled after unveiling King Charles' profile on a new coin - with a meme they appeared to misunderstand.
The social media account revealed the new monarch's face on a copper-coloured coin, but their attempt to combine it with a witty caption fell flat.
Posting a picture of a commemorative coin bearing the face of King Charles III, the official account of the UK coin maker teased: "You've heard of elf on the shelf. Now get ready for..."
Responses that followed ranged from comic to abusive. Very few were what the Mint hoped for, though.
"Hereditary ruler on the moolah," ventured one user, while "King on a thing" and "nob on a bob" swiftly followed.
Other suggestions included "weirdo on a dinero", "king on some bling", and "a posh on some dosh".
There were also some more risqué replies, including "tax dodger on a copper", and several rhyming the Irish name for a pound.
When Royal Mint did eventually reveal the answer, the response was somewhat underwhelming.
"Ok, ok, let's put you out of your misery! It's... Sovereign on a Sovereign," the post read.
"This is not how rhyming works," wrote Alasdair Clark, while the official Specsavers account simply wrote "Ah".
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One Tweeter, known only as James, responded: "King Charles the Third on a tweet we shouldn't have heard."
Many followed suit and ridiculed the Mint for misunderstand what memes actually are, and some simply wrote "no", while user Simon Jenkins quipped: "Whoever came up with this was really not even bovverin' on a sovereign."
However, the original maker of British coins took the jibes in good humour. A later Tweet read: "Well, that escalated... It's not an easy word to rhyme! Shall we do another?" while posting a poll for followers to decide.
The first coins featuring King Charles III went into circulation in December.
The portrait of the King sees him without a crown, a noticeable difference from his mother's image on coins.
Another change is that Charles faces the opposite direction to that of his mother on the coins currently in use, which is in keeping with tradition when there's a new monarch.