09:21AM, Monday 02 March 2015
A new portrait of the Queen which will be appearing on UK coinage later this year has been unveiled today by the Royal Mint.
The image, by Jody Clark, is the fifth definitive portrait of Elizabeth II to appear on circulating coins since she ascended the throne in 1952.
It will be the fourth currently in circulation, joining previous portraits released in 1968, 1985 and 1998.
Clark is the youngest of the five designers to have created portraits of the Queen for coinage; he was 33 when his design was selected from a number of anonymous submissions to a competition.
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 coins go into production from today.
Image © Royal Mint
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