DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (CNN) — The portrait of King Charles III that appears on British coins has been released by the Royal Mint.The body authorized to mint coins in the United Kingdom.
The image, which will appear on £5 and 50p coins for the first time to commemorate the life of the late Queen Elizabeth II, was designed by British sculptor Martin Jennings and commissioned by the monarch, according to a statement from the Royal Mint.
By tradition, the king’s portrait is placed on the left opposite the portrait of his late mother.
The Latin inscription around the image reads: “CHARLES III • D • G • REX • F • D • 5 POUNDS • 2022,” which translates to “King Charles III, by the grace of God, Defender of the Faith.”
The report quoted Jennings as saying: “It was a great honor to be the first to design the official engraving and to have his personal approval of the design.”
He explained that the image was carved from a photograph of the King, inspired by the symbolic images that have adorned Britain’s coins over the centuries.
Jennings noted that it was the smallest sculptural work he had ever created, “It gives me great joy to know that it will be seen and preserved by people from all over the world for centuries to come.”
The Royal Mint has announced that the 50 pence coin will be in general circulation in the coming months.
The reverse of the £5 coin will feature two new portraits of Queen Elizabeth II, designed by artist Jan Bergdahl.
The reverse of the 50 paisa coin features the design that first appeared on the Queen’s Coronation Crown coin of 1953.
The design will have four sections, each with a coat of arms from each country in the United Kingdom, along with their symbols, the rose for England, the thistle for Scotland, the shamrocks for Northern Ireland and the leeks for Wales.
Kevin Clancy, director of the Royal Mint, said: “Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II has minted more coins in her 70-year reign than any other British monarch.”
He added: “As we move from the Elizabethan era to the Carolingian era, this marks the biggest change in British coinage in decades and is the first time many people have seen a different inscription.”
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