Queen’s new look on coins unveiled

Published: Monday 2nd March 2015 by The News Editor

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A new portrait of the Queen that will appear on coins has been unveiled – but it may be some time before the updated money starts showing up in people’s wallets.

The effigy is only the fifth definitive coin portrait to have been created during the Queen’s reign and it has been designed by Jody Clark.

Chief engraver at the Royal Mint Gordon Summers described the task as “probably one of the most difficult things for any artist or sculptor to do”.

Mr Clark is the first Royal Mint engraver to be chosen to create a definitive royal coinage portrait in more than 100 years.

Aged 33 when his design was selected from a number of anonymous submissions to a design competition, he is the youngest of the five designers to have created the portraits of the Queen that have appeared on UK circulating coins during her 63-year reign.

He 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. The news that my design had been chosen was quite overwhelming, and I still can’t quite believe that my royal portrait will be featured on millions of coins, playing a small part in the Royal Mint’s 1,000-year history.”

The portrait shows a side profile of the Queen wearing a crown and drop earrings.

Published: Monday 2nd March 2015 by The News Editor

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