The Royal Mint of United Kingdom (The Royal Mint) revealed the new coins with the portrait of King Charles III and a 50 pence with his image will enter general circulation in a few weeks.
According to the British media, the coins follow centuries of tradition with the monarch now facing to the left, unlike his predecessor. As with previous British kings, and unlike the queen, she does not wear a crown.
It was also learned that King Charles III personally approved of the effigy and was understood to have been pleased with the likeness.
The new coins of King Carlos III will co-circulate with those of Isabel II
The Royal Mint will sell them to collectors starting early next week. The 50 pence will be available for general use well before the end of the year, distributed according to demand from banks, building societies and post offices.
Also, they will co-circulate with coins of the late queen, so those 27,000 million of these will continue to be accepted in stores.
Anne Jessop, executive director of The Royal Mintsaid these generally lasted 20 years, so both Queen Elizabeth and King Charles badges will be in circulation together for many years.
“People shouldn’t worry if they have coins with the queen on. We will keep those coins in circulation,” Jessopp told the BBC. “We see people switching to different forms of payment, but people also like to use coins for many different reasons.”
What phrase is read on the coin of King Charles?
The official portrait was designed to give the king an approachable look, and the same goes for the inscription.
Previous British monarchs have been indicated in this using the Latin version of their name. However, the new coins read Charles III instead of Carolus.
The full inscription surrounding the effigy reads “CARLOS III • D • G • REX • F • D • 5 POUNDS • 2022″shortened from Latin, which translates as “King Carlos III, by the grace of God, defender of the faith.”
Queen Elizabeth II Commemorative Coin
The Royal Mint also designed a commemorative crown of 5 pounds sterling that shows two new portraits of the queen, that chart her journey from a young monarch to a long-serving head of state.
For its part, in the 50 pence coin, the reverse is a copy of the design used in the 1953 crown minted to commemorate the coronation of the monarch.
With information from the BBC