Australian coins will feature a new image of the Queen for the first time in 20 years -- here's a first look

Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty ImagesQueen Elizabeth II.

Australia’s Governor-General Peter Cosgrove has revealed the first Australian coins in 20 years to feature a new portrait of Queen Elizabeth.

Produced by the Royal Australian Mint, the commemorative coins use the new Commonwealth effigy designed by Jody Clark, an engraver from the UK’s Royal Mint.

Clark’s design has been used on coins in the UK since 2015, although with two noticeable differences: the British portrait does not feature the Victorian coronation necklace or the Queen’s shoulders.

Since 1998, the image on Australian coins has been a portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley.

“This new effigy will be a new image for a new era, continuing to tell the story of a reign and lifetime,” Cosgrove said.

“Congratulations to the Royal Australian Mint and Jody Clark. The new coins and effigy are set to become a familiar sight for years to come.”

The transition to the new coins will begin in 2019 and continue into 2020.

Coins carrying previous portraits of the Queen will remain in circulation.

See the new look here:

SuppliedThe old and new design.

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