The Royal Mint on 2 March 2015 unveiled a new coinage portrait of the Queen Elizabeth II that will appear on coins in Britain. The coin shows a right side profile of the 88-year-old monarch wearing a crown and drop earrings.
The new portrait designed by engraver Jody Clark was unveiled at a ceremony in London's National Portrait Gallery. Clark’s design was selected in a competition organsied by the Royal Mint Advisory Committee, a consultative panel to HM Treasury. Then the art work of Clark was recommended to the Chancellor and then the Queen for final approval.
The coin featuring the new image will go into production from 2 March 2015 but will come into circulation later in 2015.
This is the fifth official coin portrait to be created during her 63-year reign of the queen and replaces a previous portrait that dates back to 1998. This coin was created by Surrey-born artist Ian Rank-Broadley.
Previous four coins carrying Queens’s portrait
• The first coin portrait of the queen – It appeared in 1953 shortly after she took the throne. The coin was designed by Mary Gillick. This coin showed a fresh-faced young Queen wearing an evergreen wreath of laurel, rather than the crown that was available in next four coins.
• The second coin carrying portrait of Queen – It came into circulation in April 1968 was designed by Arnold Machin.
• Third coin carrying portrait of the queen – It came into circulation in 1985 was designed by Raphael Maklouf.
• Fourth coin portrait of the Queen – It came into circulation in 1997 was designed by Ian Rank-Broadley.
History of the British coinage
The Royal Mint that is functional as the government company in England is designing coinage for people of the country for over last 1100 years. The process of the monarch’s mint started in London by the mid-13th century.
What: Unveiled by Royal Mint
When: 2 March 2015