THE official portrait of King Charles III to be used on coins has been unveiled by the Royal Mint.
Fifty pence pieces with the image of the king will enter circulation in December, while a special £5 crown coin will also be available.
The Royal Mint Nicola Howell said: “We expect that customers will be able to receive the commemorative series from October and then we expect the circulating 50 cent commemorative coin will probably appear in people’s change from December.”
The Latin inscription translates to: “King Charles III, by the grace of God, defender of the faith”.
Anne Jessopp, CEO of the Royal Mintsaid: “The Royal Mint has been trusted for over 1,100 years for making coins depicting the monarch and we are proud to continue this tradition during the reign of King Charles III.
“While technology has advanced, we continue to honor British craftsmanship passed down through the ages.
“Our team of skilled modellers, toolmakers and engravers will ensure that the effigy of the king is faithfully replicated on millions of coins.
“Her late Majesty reigned with heart and devotion for 70 years, and this commemorative collection commemorates her remarkable legacy as Britain’s longest-serving monarch.”