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Royal Mint Announces Plans for New Effigy of Queen Elizabeth II
« on: November 06, 2014, 03:51:13 AM »
The biggest reveal in today’s announcement is that these 2015 UK coins will be the last coins to feature the fourth portrait of Her Majesty The Queen, with the effigy expected to be replaced in 2015. - See more at: http://blog.royalmint.com/2015-uk-coins-announced/

I think the Queen should have said that enough is enough. Who wants to be portrayed aged nearly 90? (Not me - I'll just be a skeleton). I notice that she won't allow the definitive stamps to be updated, which show her in her thirties.

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Re: Royal Mint Announces Plans for New Effigy of Queen Elizabeth II
« Reply #1 on: November 06, 2014, 04:22:54 AM »
The Royal Mint have announced today that the current portrait used on both circulation and many commemorative coins will be replaced with a new effigy from 2015.

HM Queen Elizabeth II, who will mark her 63rd year of reign on the 6th February 2015, has been portrayed on British, commonwealth and colonial coinage since 1953. The first definitive portrait of Her Majesty was created by sculptress Mary Gillick which saw the young Queen, just 26 years old, wearing a garland of olive leaves – shoulders also shown. This portrait remained in use until 1970 when the last of the shilling coinage was produced. A new second portrait, created by the talented artist Arnold Machin would without doubt, become for most well-known portrait of the Queen, synonymous with the new Elizabethan age. Her Majesty is seen wearing Queen Mary’s tiara – given to her by her Grandmother – also depicted with a flowing drape around her shoulders. This iconic portrait would remain in use from 1968 with the production of the new 5 and 10 new Pence coins (in preparation for Decimal Day in February 1971) until its retirement in 1985. A new “diadem” portrait was introduced as the Queen’s third depiction which was the work of Raphael Maklouf. This more mature depiction of the Queen was very well received, she is wearing a diadem and was designed without shoulders shown. In 1998, the now instantly recognizable image of the Queen, the fourth portrait by Artist Ian Rank-Broadley was introduced to critical acclaim. Showing a more mature face, the portrait was described as having stronger features and quite detailed. The Queen is once more depicted wearing Queen Mary’s tiara.

With the retirement of this fourth portrait next year, this portrait would have been in use for 16 years, the longest time any numismatic image has been utilized. The Royal Mint announced that the new portrait, which will be the Queen’s fifth – and not yet decided on, will be chosen by a closed competition commissioned by the Royal Mint Advisory Committee (RMAC) where a number of specialist designers are invited to submit designs under anonymous cover, before a winner is selected by the RMAC.

The Royal Mint have also announced that 2015 will be something of a vintage year for UK coins, and that the first 2015 dated coins to be released, such as the new 2015 Sovereign, will be the last ever coins to feature the current effigy that has become so familiar to us all. This 2015 Sovereign will be a particularly special issue, as the early editions will feature the current portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley, while those struck in 2015 will be amongst the very first to feature the new effigy.

As the Queen will also be celebrating another milestone anniversary later on in 2015, that of the longest reign in British history, this portrait, will most likely be included in commemorative coinage celebrating this extraordinary once-in-a-lifetime event.

Source:  Coin Update

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Re: Royal Mint Announces Plans for New Effigy of Queen Elizabeth II
« Reply #2 on: November 06, 2014, 02:11:22 PM »
Chances she'll die next year seem to have increased........

Will they make her older? Will they make it groovy? Or will it just be something similar to what we have now. At least that gives me 12 months of something to wonder...

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Re: Royal Mint Announces Plans for New Effigy of Queen Elizabeth II
« Reply #3 on: November 06, 2014, 03:56:49 PM »
Whatever it will look like, it certainly will look better than a lifelike Charles effigy.

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Re: Royal Mint Announces Plans for New Effigy of Queen Elizabeth II
« Reply #4 on: November 06, 2014, 07:09:12 PM »
How many portraits of Queen Victoria have been used on (UK) coins? I know of five, so of course QE wants to have five as well. ;)  And Charles, come on. His portrait on the 2008 £5 coin is not bad ...

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Re: Royal Mint Announces Plans for New Effigy of Queen Elizabeth II
« Reply #5 on: November 06, 2014, 08:55:36 PM »
Victoria:

Young head
Bun head (bronze only)
Jubilee head (silver only)
Veiled head
Gothic, as used on the florin and crown, somewhat reminiscent of the effigy used on Indian coins.

Think that's the lot for the mainland UK, though there were numerous die varieties of the first two.

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Re: Royal Mint Announces Plans for New Effigy of Queen Elizabeth II
« Reply #6 on: November 07, 2014, 03:37:28 PM »
Chances she'll die next year seem to have increased........

Ohh please, I don't want to see another bunch of coins commemorating her death then...

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Re: Royal Mint Announces Plans for New Effigy of Queen Elizabeth II
« Reply #7 on: November 07, 2014, 03:53:23 PM »
Well she needs to make it past the date she becomes the longest serving monarch, then have coins for that, then die, and have coins for that, plus new portrait for her, then charles, then he'll abdicate and new coins for william too, plus abdication coins and throning ceremonies and stuff. We could go for YEARS if they'd follow the script.  >:D

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Re: Royal Mint Announces Plans for New Effigy of Queen Elizabeth II
« Reply #8 on: November 07, 2014, 03:58:43 PM »
Well she needs to make it past the date she becomes the longest serving monarch, then have coins for that, then die, and have coins for that, plus new portrait for her, then charles, then he'll abdicate and new coins for william too, plus abdication coins and throning ceremonies and stuff. We could go for YEARS if they'd follow the script.  >:D

Don't forget the second Royal Baby expected in 2015... >:D

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Re: Royal Mint Announces Plans for New Effigy of Queen Elizabeth II
« Reply #9 on: November 07, 2014, 06:14:39 PM »
Victoria:

Young head
Bun head (bronze only)
Jubilee head (silver only)
Veiled head
Gothic, as used on the florin and crown, somewhat reminiscent of the effigy used on Indian coins.

Think that's the lot for the mainland UK, though there were numerous die varieties of the first two.

Ah, thanks! And no, you cannot be queen for more years than Victoria and have fewer portraits on coins. ;)  Well, I wish Elizabeth a long life but still think she should step back in late 2015. Some time after mid-September or so maybe? So this could become a one-year or two-year portrait ...

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Re: Royal Mint Announces Plans for New Effigy of Queen Elizabeth II
« Reply #10 on: November 07, 2014, 10:05:04 PM »
The queen won't step back. It's all to do with Edward VIII. They blame his abdication on the death of her father, George VI. She would never contemplate stepping down. She will die queen.

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Re: Royal Mint Announces Plans for New Effigy of Queen Elizabeth II
« Reply #11 on: November 07, 2014, 11:25:42 PM »
Others do it, even a Pope did it. Well, maybe she won't - up to her. Hope she has some more years in relatively good shape. And as for the effigy on coins, fortunately such portraits are not photographic. Think of Margrethe in Denmark; her portrait now looks better in my opinion that what they used before. :)

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Re: Royal Mint Announces Plans for New Effigy of Queen Elizabeth II
« Reply #12 on: November 08, 2014, 07:43:45 AM »
Well, I wish Elizabeth a long life but still think she should step back in late 2015. Some time after mid-September or so maybe?

NO, God forbid no.
How many countries would have their sets revised?
By my count, around 25.
Getting sets of UK, Canada, Australia and Newzealand is easy.
Bahamas, Falklands, Isle of Man etc. is really tough.
I am still stuck on incomplete set of Gibraltar.

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Re: Royal Mint Announces Plans for New Effigy of Queen Elizabeth II
« Reply #13 on: November 08, 2014, 08:05:39 AM »
NO, God forbid no.
How many countries would have their sets revised?
By my count, around 25.
Getting sets of UK, Canada, Australia and Newzealand is easy.
Bahamas, Falklands, Isle of Man etc. is really tough.
I am still stuck on incomplete set of Gibraltar.

Agree! Also don't forget pseudo stuff (for those who collect it) from Niue, Palau, Nauru etc etc... :D

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Re: Royal Mint Announces Plans for New Effigy of Queen Elizabeth II
« Reply #14 on: November 08, 2014, 10:14:18 AM »
The biggest reveal in today’s announcement is that these 2015 UK coins will be the last coins to feature the fourth portrait of Her Majesty The Queen, with the effigy expected to be replaced in 2015.

Will they be issued on first Monday of June, when the Queen's birthday is celebrated.
Cook Islands plan to issue a new series of circulation coins on the eve of Golden Jubilee of its Self Governance, on August 4, 2015.
Hopefully, new coins of Cook Islands will carry new effigy.