New pound coins featuring King Charles

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New pound coins featuring King Charles

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 full inscription surrounding the King's image reads "CHARLES III • D • G • REX • F • D • 5 POUNDS • 2022", shortened from Latin, which translates to "King Charles III, by the Grace of God, Defender of the Faith".
The 50p coin will be available for general use well before the end of the year, distributed according to demand by banks, building societies and post offices.
They will co-circulate with coins featuring the late Queen, so those 27 billion coins will still be accepted in shops.
From the start of next year, coins from the 1p to the £2, which we use in day-to-day life, will be minted carrying the same image of King Charles. They will be sent out when needed to replace damaged and worn older coins and to cover any extra demand.
There will also be two new coins designs - on a 50p and a £5 coin - to celebrate the Queen, charting her journey from a young monarch to a long-standing head of state.

These are just coins but in Eurochange are waiting for the new notes to be released in order to add them to our long list of exchange currencies. And remember, if you want to exchange your pounds to Euros, come visit us! Check out locator and find a Eurochange office near you.