Chang­ing monarch re­flected in our change

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - NEWS - ANNIKA SMETHURST

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.

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