The Royal British Mint unveils the official effigy of the new monarch after the death of Elizabeth II
Carlos III can already see his own reflection in a coin. The Royal British Mint has unveiled this Friday the official effigy of the new king that will appear on the coins after the death of Elizabeth II. The portrait of the monarch will begin to be seen on pennies from December, when the 50 pence coins with the effigy of Carlos III will gradually begin to enter circulation, as detailed by the mint itself.
This new design, made by the sculptor Martin Jennings, shows Carlos III looking to the left, contrary to how his mother did on coins, thus following the tradition imposed by Carlos II in which each monarch looks in the opposite direction to his predecessor.
Obverse and reverse of the new British pence design. /
The king is depicted without a crown and surrounded by a Latin inscription that translates as “King Charles III, by the grace of God, defender of the faith.” The monarch himself has given his approval to the portrait and has informed the sculptor, as reported by the Royal British Mint in a statement.
“All British coins bearing the effigy of Elizabeth II will remain legal and in circulation. Historically, it is common for coins bearing the image of different monarchs to be in circulation at the same time,” said the Royal Mint, which has minted royal family portraits on coins for more than 1,100 years.
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