The Royal Mint has unveiled a new coinage portrait of Her Majesty The Queen, giving us the first glimpse of the image that will soon be a familiar sight on UK coins.
This is only the fifth definitive portrait of The Queen to appear on our circulating coins since her accession to the throne in 1952, making it a very rare event indeed. When it appears in our change later this year, it will become the fourth portrait currently in circulation, joining those created in 1968, 1985 and 1998; together, the coins that carry them tell the story of Her Majesty’s lifetime and paint a compelling picture of the story of her reign.
This is only the fifth definitive portrait of The Queen to appear on our circulating coins since her accession to the throne in 1952, making it a very rare event indeed
The new design is by Jody Clark. He is the first Royal Mint engraver to be chosen to create a definitive royal coinage portrait in over 100 years and at 33, is the youngest of the five designers to have created the portraits of The Queen that have appeared on UK circulating coin during her 63-year reign.
Commenting on the honour of being selected, Jody said: “I really liked the four previous coin portraits - each one is strong in its own way. I hope that I’ve done Her Majesty justice and captured her as I intended, in a fitting representation.”
Adam Lawrence, Chief Executive of The Royal Mint, said: “This change of royal portrait will make 2015 a vintage year for UK coins, and it will be hugely exciting for us all to see the new design appear on the coins we use every day."
Coins featuring the new effigy have gone into production, so keep a watchful eye on your coins later this year when it will start to appear in pockets, purses and piggy banks across the land. The coins with the old effigy will still be in circulation so they won’t be collectable.