Charles Skips the Crown, Faces Left for New Coins

New king is replacing the late queen on British money
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Sep 30, 2022 10:33 AM CDT
First Coins Featuring King Charles Are Unveiled
The template created by British sculptor Martin Jennings for the official portrait of King Charles III for use on coins.   (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)

Britain's Royal Mint has unveiled the first coins to feature the portrait of King Charles III. Britons will begin to see Charles’ image on their change from around December, as 50-pence coins depicting him gradually enter circulation, per the AP. The new monarch's effigy was created by British sculptor Martin Jennings and personally approved by Charles, the Royal Mint said Friday. In keeping with tradition, the king's portrait faces to the left—the opposite direction to that of his mother, Queen Elizabeth II.

"Charles has followed that general tradition that we have in British coinage, going all the way back to Charles II actually, that the monarch faces in the opposite direction to their predecessor," said Chris Barker at the Royal Mint Museum. Charles is depicted without a crown. A Latin inscription surrounding the portrait translates to "King Charles III, by the Grace of God, Defender of the Faith." A separate memorial 5-pound coin remembering the life and legacy of Elizabeth will be released Monday. One side of this coin features Charles, while the reverse side features two new portraits of Elizabeth side by side.

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