Changing monarch reflected in our change
SHE first graced our coins as a young English rose thrust onto the throne in 1953 by the abdication of her uncle and the premature death of her father.
Now her new profile on our loose change, an honest portrait of an elderly woman, reflects her seventh decade as monarch.
The refashioned image of the Queen, who celebrated her 92nd birthday yesterday, will be the sixth regal image to grace our currency.
The updated effigy was designed by former DVD box designer turned engraver Jody Clark from the United Kingdom’s Royal Mint. Mr Clark, 36, is the youngest of only five designers to create a portrait of the Queen to be used on UK and commonwealth coins.
The Australian design is an adap- tation of Mr Clark’s winning image which has been circulating in the UK since 2015, but it features a few wrinkles on the forehead and neck.
Unlike the head shot which appears on pounds and pence, the Australian design will also include the Queen’s shoulders and a necklace not featured in previous head shots.
The new design replaces the Ian RankBroadley design in use for two decades.
Portrait on the newest coin.
Elizabeth in 1953.