Published on March 3rd, 2015 | by admin
New Coin Portrait Of The Queen Is Revealed
The Royal Mint, which has a long and distinguished heritage of producing British coinage over more than 1,000 years, has unveiled the first change in coinage portrait of the Queen for 17 years.
Featuring a new effigy designed by Jody Clark, it shows the 88 year old monarch wearing a crown and drop earrings. But what has changed on the latest design from the current version you might well ask? Well we have noted that the lines around the eyes have deepened and the chin has softened slightly.
This design was selected following a closed competition which was commissioned by the Royal Mint Advisory Committee which is a consultative panel to HM Treasury. The winning artwork was recommended to the Chancellor, and then the Queen for final approval.
It is the fifth portrait of the Queen that has been produced by the Royal Mint during the 63 year reign of the Queen. Consistent with each of the previous four designs of coins featuring HM Queen Elizabeth II, the latest coin portrait also depicts her Majesty facing right which is in line with a tradition that dates all the way back to the 17th century. Prior to that, successive monarchs actually faced alternate directions on coins.
This new design, which will be seen on both general circulation coins as well as collectibles, follows on from the image of Her Majesty the Queen designed by Ian Rank-Broadley which has appeared on both circulating and collectible UK coins since 1998.
On 9th September, Elizabeth II will emerge as the longest eve reigning British monarch passing the record set by her great-great-grandmother Queen Victoria. It is fitting that the Coins featuring this new image, which go into production this week, will appear in circulation at around the same time of this significant milestone.