New coins featuring the portrait of King Charles have been revealed, with a 50p carrying his image entering general circulation within weeks.
The coins follow centuries of tradition with the monarch now facing left – the opposite way to his predecessor. As with previous British kings, and unlike the Queen, he wears no crown.
King Charles personally approved the effigy and was understood to be pleased with the likeness.
The coins will be sold to collectors by The Royal Mint from early next week. The 50p coin will be available for general use well before the end of the year, distributed according to demand by banks, and building societies post offices.
A Statement Royal Mint read: We are proud to unveil the first official coin portrait of King Charles III which has been designed by Martin Jennings FRSS and personally approved by His Majesty.
The first coins to feature the effigy are part of a memorial collection for Her Late Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.