02 March 2015

New Coinage Portrait

A new portrait of The Queen to feature on United Kingdom coins, the fifth coin portrait of her reign, has been unveiled. The coin portraits are usually updated every 15-20 years; the last update was in 1998. The new portrait is by Royal Mint engraver Jody Clark.
For more: BBC article and video, Royal Mint article
Very regal and a great likeness of Her Majesty, don't you think? Realistic but flattering too. The George IV State Diadem (a.k.a. the Diamond Diadem) replaces the Girls of Great Britain & Ireland Tiara from the last portrait, and it looks to be matched quite fittingly here with Queen Victoria's Pearl Drop Earrings.
Above, the artist with the new portrait and two of the previous coin portraits

Photos: Peter Macdiarmid via Getty Images