The first images have been revealed of the new coins featuring King Charles III‘s effigy. The likeness was created by British sculptor Martin Jennings and His Majesty King Charles III personally approved it. In keeping with tradition, the likeness finds the new monarch facing left, the opposite of coins featuring Queen Elizabeth II where she faced right. Tradition has found the likeness’ always swapping directions from their predecessor.
Around the coin can be found the inscription, “CHARLES III • D • G • REX • F • D” and the coin value itself. The inscription translates from the shorthand Latin to “King Charles III, by the Grace of God, Defender of the Faith”.
The coins, the first to feature the effigy of the new monarch, will make up part of a memorial collection for Her Late Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. The collection will be released on October 3, with a selection of three reverse images featured alongside the official coinage portrait of King Charles III. The collection comprises of 50p and five pound crown coins. The new 50p coins featuring the likeness of King Charles III will also go into general circulation.
Further in keeping with tradition the coins have been produced by the Royal Mint. The Royal Mint has been producing coins for the British monarchy for more than 1,100 years. To find out more, or to register to be amongst the first to be notified on coins bearing the new effigy and the Memorial Coin Collection, head to the Royal Mint website.