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United Kingdom coins to feature new portrait of 88-year-old monarch Queen Elizabeth II
Flanked by the four previous definitive coin portraits, the new coin portrait of Britain's Queen Elizabeth II is displayed by Royal Mint engraver Jody Clark at the National Portrait Gallery in London on March 2, 2015. Designed by Royal Mint engraver Jody Clark, this is only the fifth portrait of The Queen to have been created during her 63 year reign. AFP PHOTO / JUSTIN TALLIS.


LONDON (AFP).- A new portrait of Queen Elizabeth II which will appear on coins in Britain was unveiled Monday -- only the fifth one of her 63-year reign.

The likeness shows the 88-year-old monarch facing right in profile and wearing a crown and drop earrings. It replaces a previous portrait which dates back to 1998.

The image was designed by Jody Clark, an engraver at the Royal Mint, the south Wales-based body responsible for making Britain's coins.

The new coins featuring the portrait go into production from Monday and are likely to start appearing in peoples' pockets later this year.

"Jody's achievement is something that we can celebrate as a proud moment for the Royal Mint," said Adam Lawrence, its chief executive.

"Capturing a portrait on the surface of a coin demands the utmost skill and is one of the most challenging disciplines of the coin designer's art."



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