THE official portrait of King Charles III to be used on coins has been unveiled by the Royal Mint.
Fifty pence pieces with the King’s image will start entering circulation in December, while a special £5 crown coin will also be available.
The Royal Mint’s Nicola Howell said: “We expect customers will start to be able to receive the commemorative range from October and then we expect the 50p memorial circulating coin to be appearing in people’s change probably from December.”
The Latin inscription translates to: “King Charles III, by the Grace of God, Defender of the Faith”.
Anne Jessopp, CEO of the Royal Mint, disse: “The Royal Mint has been trusted to make coins bearing the monarch’s effigy for over 1,100 years and we are proud to continue this tradition into the reign of King Charles III.
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“Although technology has progressed, we continue to honour British craftsmanship passed down through the centuries.
“Our team of skilled modellers, tool makers and engravers will ensure that the King’s effigy will be faithfully replicated onto millions of coins.
“Her Late Majesty ruled with heart and devotion for 70 anni, and this memorial collection commemorates her remarkable legacy as Britain’s longest-serving monarch.”