The official coin effigy of King Charles III has been unveiled by the Royal Mint.
People will start to see the King’s image in their change from around December, as 50p coins depicting Charles gradually enter circulation to meet demand.
Ahead of the new coins entering circulation, the Mint will release a commemorative coin range commemorating the life and legacy of Queen Elizabeth II’s 70-year reign.
The new sovereign’s portrait will first appear on a special £5 Crown and 50p commemorating the Queen.
The King’s effigy was designed by British sculptor Martin Jennings, and personally approved by Charles.
Mr Jennings said: “I was delighted to hear that the King likes the image. He was very interested in it and responded very positively to it. It has been very gratifying to be involved in this important process.”
In line with the tradition that the monarch faces in the opposite direction to their predecessor King Charles III’s portrait will face left.
Coins bearing portraits of the Queen and King Charles III will both circulate in change for years to come.
On Monday, October 3, the Mint will release a special collection of memorial coins.
Featuring one of three reverse designs, each new coin in the collection features the official coinage portrait of King Charles III.
Anne Jessopp, chief executive officer of the Royal Mint, said: “The Royal Mint has been trusted to make coins bearing the monarch’s effigy for over 1,100 years and we are proud to continue this tradition into the reign of King Charles III.
“Although technology has progressed, we continue to honour British craftsmanship passed down through the centuries.
“Our team of skilled modellers, tool makers and engravers will ensure that the King’s effigy will be faithfully replicated onto millions of coins.
“Her Late Majesty ruled with heart and devotion for 70 years, and this memorial collection commemorates her remarkable legacy as Britain’s longest-serving monarch.
“To ensure everyone can hold a piece of history in their hand, the 50p will also enter circulation in the UK.”
All UK coins bearing the effigy of Queen Elizabeth II will remain legal tender and in active circulation.
There are around 27 billion coins currently circulating in the UK bearing the effigy of Queen Elizabeth II.
These will be replaced over time as they become damaged or worn and to meet demand for additional coins.
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