The first cash that includes King Charles’s portrait begin coming into circulation right this moment.
The monarch’s picture seems first on a 50p. His face, in profile, is turned to the left, in distinction to the Queen’s, which confronted the other means.
On the coin’s reverse is a tribute to Her Majesty – a design that initially appeared on the 1953 Coronation Crown, struck to commemorate her coronation at Westminster Abbey.
It contains the 4 quarters of the Royal Arms depicted inside a defend.
Between every defend is an emblem of the house nations: a rose, a thistle, a shamrock and a leek.
The Post Office’s Aldwych department in central London, close to Clarence House, is among the many places getting the brand new cash.
During December, 4.9 million 50ps will enter circulation at 9,452 Post Office branches, with nearly double that ultimately being launched.
A commemorative model of the coin was launched in October, producing a file variety of guests to the Royal Mint’s web site within the following 24 hours.
The King’s effigy, created by sculptor Martin Jennings, was personally permitted by His Majesty.
Coins containing the Queen’s picture are prone to stay in circulation for a really very long time – about 27 billion are in existence and they’ll stay authorized tender.
Rebecca Morgan, director of collector providers on the Royal Mint, mentioned: “Today marks a new era for UK coinage, with the effigy of King Charles III appearing on 50ps in circulation.
“It’s a incredible alternative for coin collectors so as to add to their collections, or begin one for the primary time.”
Nick Read, chief executive of the Post Office, said: “December is our busiest time of the yr so the coin will likely be coming into our community in a phased method.
“If you don’t receive the new 50p in your change on your first visit to a post office you may well get it in your change in a subsequent visit, so keep a look out for it.”