Banknotes with the effigy of the new King of England will only be put into circulation in two years ; meanwhile, parts are expected to arrive by the end of the year. the portrait of the king 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 celebrating the life of the Queen Elizabeth II : one for 5 pounds sterling and one for 50 pence. They will enter circulation “in the next few months”, probably around December, specifies The Royal Mint 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 held 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. Coins bearing the king’s effigy will bear the Latin inscription: “CHARLES III. DG REX. FD 5 lbs. 2022″, or “King Charles III, by the grace of god, defender of the faith”, one of the sovereign’s titles. The reverse of the commemorative £5 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 customary historically to have coins with the image of different monarchs in circulation at the same time,” says 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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