The UK just got a new version of the Queen’s face on its coins.
The Royal Mint unveiled the design on Monday, and it’s only the fifth time in the Queen Elizabeth II’s 63 years as monarch that the portrait has been redone.
Here’s how it looks:
The UK’s current coins mostly carry the portrait which was done 17 years ago, in 1998, so the new one is the first of the 21st century.
The artist who did the work is called Jody Clark – you can see the “J.C” gracing the coin just below the head.
This from the Royal Mint on the changes:
There are some noticeable changes to The Queen’s image in the new portrait by Jody Clark. Her Majesty is seen wearing the Royal Diamond Diadem crown worn for her Coronation and earrings, similar to those in the portrait by Raphael Maklouf, are included. The Inscription ELIZABETH II — DEI — GRA — REGINA — FID — DEF hasn’t changed, however its position has, encompassing the effigy entirely.
Unlike in previous iterations, the new drawing was done entirely digitally. If you’ve got £3,700 to spare and are that way inclined, you can get the new coins struck in 22 carat gold.
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