UK’s Royal Mint reveals coin portrait of King Charles III

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Britain’s Royal Mint on Friday unveiled the official effigy of King Charles III that will appear on coins following his accession to the throne.

The effigy is the work of British sculptor Martin Jennings and was personally approved by the new king.

Jennings said his portrait was sculpted from a photograph of the Charles.

In line with royal tradition, Charles’s portrait faces to the left, the opposite direction to his late mother.

The image of Charles will begin to appear on coins in circulation and on commemorative pieces in the coming months, the Royal Mint said in a statement.

The Royal Mint has been responsible for depicting monarchs on coins for over 1,100 years since Alfred the Great. 

Kevin Clancy, director of the Royal Mint Museum, said late queen had appeared on more coins than any other British monarch.

The Royal Mint said historically it had been commonplace for coins featuring the effigies of different monarchs to co-circulate.

There are currently around 27 billion coins circulating in the UK bearing the effigy of Queen Elizabeth II.

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Originally published as UK’s Royal Mint reveals coin portrait of King Charles III


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