coins resembling King Charles enter circulation

The new 50 pence coins are appearing in post offices across the country “which will receive 4.9 million”, the Royal Mint said.

The first coins bearing the image of Charles III, who became king after the death of his mother Queen Elizabeth II on September 8, will enter circulation in Britain on Thursday, according to an official press release. The new 50 pence (almost 58 cents) coins are appearing in post offices across the country, “who get 4.9 million“, specified the Royal Mint, the organization responsible for striking the British currency.

The official portrait appearing on these coins, the work of sculptor Martin Jennings, was unveiled at the end of September. It was designed from a photo and approved by the king. As tradition dictates, the new king’s face is turned in the opposite direction of the monarch who preceded him. Charles therefore looks to the left, while the image of Queen Elizabeth II faces to the right.

Almost 10 million coins put into circulation

On the reverse of the coins is a motif commemorating the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II in 1953, representing the royal coat of arms and emblems of the four nations that make up the United Kingdom, which already appeared on coins minted at that time . The coronation of Charles III takes place on May 6.

In total, there will initially be 9.6 million new coins in circulation. Around 27 billion coins are currently in circulation in the United Kingdom bearing the face of the late Elizabeth II: they will remain valid and will only be replaced when damaged or worn. The first notes bearing the image of the new king will enter circulation in mid-2024 and will also gradually replace those bearing the portrait of Elizabeth II when damaged.


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