The banknotes with the effigy of the new King of England will only be put into circulation in two years ; meanwhile, the parts are expected to arrive by the end of the year. The king’s portrait Charles III for the future coins with his effigy was unveiled this Friday by the body in charge of minting the British currency, The Royal Mint.
This portrait will appear on two coins in a special series that celebrates the life of the queen elizabeth ii : one for £5 and one for 50p. They will enter circulation “in the coming months”, probably around December, The Royal Mint specifies in a press release. The official portrait that will decorate the future coins with the effigy of Carlos III, the work of the sculptor Martin Jennings, was designed from a photograph and approved by the king.
Two new portraits of Queen Elizabeth II
“It’s the smallest work I’ve ever created,” he says, saying he’s moved “by the fact that it will be seen and supported by so many people.” “According to tradition, the portrait of the king faces to the left, in the opposite direction to that of Queen Elizabeth II” on the portrait that currently adorns the coins in circulation, specifies The Royal Mint. The coins bearing the effigy of the king will bear the inscription in Latin: “CHARLES III. DG REX. FD 5 lbs. 2022″, or “King Carlos III, by the grace of God, defender of the faith”, one of the sovereign’s titles. The reverse of the £5 commemorative coin will feature two new portraits of Queen Elizabeth II, designed by the artist John Bergdahl in collaboration with The Royal Mint.
“All British coins bearing the image of Elizabeth II will remain legal and in circulation. It is historically common to have coins with the image of different monarchs in circulation at the same time”, indicates The Royal Mint, which “fixes the portraits of the royal family on coins for more than 1,100 years”. The organization specifies that there are currently 27 billion coins in the United Kingdom with the effigy of Isabel II and that will be replaced over time, when they are damaged.
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