In the UK the first coin with the face of Charles III was minted
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In the UK the first coin with the face of Charles III was minted

The first half-pound coins with the portrait of King Charles III were minted: they will enter circulation by the end of the year as part of a gradual process of replacing the image of the late Queen Elizabeth II from all coins and banknotes of the country.

Historic day in the UK. The first half-pound coins with the portrait of King Charles III were minted: they were produced in the Royal Mint, the British Mint, in Llantrisant, Wales. The 50 pence coin will go into circulation by the end of the year.

Following the traditions of his grandfather King George VI, Charles is not depicted wearing a crown, unlike the coin depicting his mother, Queen Elizabeth II, who died at the age of 96 on 8 September. After seven decades, such was the length of Elizabeth’s reign, the reverse side of all sterling denominations – metal or paper – so literally changes face.

The profile of the new ruler was created based on the work of a renowned sculptor, Martin Jennings, former author of works on poets John Betjeman, in St Pancras station in London, and Philip Larkin in Hull: in this case, the drawing it is inspired by an official portrait of Carlo dating back to the celebration of his 70th birthday, 4 years ago. “It was a pretty amazing experience,” he told the BBC.

The new 50p will go into circulation in the Kingdom starting in December, as part of a gradual process of replacing the image of Elizabeth from all UK coins and banknotes – a process that will however take time to complete and during the which all cuts with the face of the deceased queen will continue to have value. A total of 9.6 million 50-cent coins will be made in the latest version, but the old coins with the image of Elizabeth will also continue to circulate.