Britain’s Royal Mint has unveiled the first coins to feature the portrait of King Charles III.
New coins featuring King Charles revealed
The first British coins to feature the image of King Charles have been unveiled by the Royal Mint, with the portrait of the new monarch facing the opposite direction to his late mother Queen Elizabeth in keeping with tradition.
The new image will appear on 50 pence coins, which will begin circulating in the coming months, and also on a commemorative five-pound coin, which also features two new portraits of Elizabeth on its reverse side.
Since the monarchy was restored in 1660 following the 10-year republic of Oliver Cromwell, it has become traditional for the monarch to face in the opposite direction to their predecessor on coins.
Charles personally approved the official portrait, which shows him facing to the left and was done by British sculptor Martin Jennings. The image is surrounded by a Latin inscription which translates as “King Charles III, by the Grace of God, Defender of the Faith”.