Portrait of Queen on British coins altered to show more 'positive' expression

New Queen Coin Portrait Is Unveiled in London


(Reuters) - A new portrait of Britain's long-reigning Queen Elizabeth which will appear on the nation's coins was unveiled on Monday, and is set to reach her people's purses and pockets later this year.

The portrait is the fifth of the 88-year-old queen, who will overtake Queen Victoria as Britain's longest-reigning monarch in September, to appear on coins since she came to the throne in 1952, and the first since 1998.

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Portrait of Queen on British coins altered to show more 'positive' expression
A new portrait of the Queen that will appear on coins is unveiled, with a 'more positive expression' on her face than previous designs.
The new coin portrait of Britain's Queen Elizabeth II is seen on a two pound coin, beside The 1998 Rank-Broadley portrait (R) 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 (Photo credit should read JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP/Getty Images)
An event assistant shows the new coin portrait of Britain's Queen Elizabeth II on a two pound coin 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 (Photo credit should read JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 02: Royal Mint Chief Executive Adam Lawrence unveils the new coinage portrait (C) of Queen Elizabeth II at The National Portrait Gallery on March 2, 2015 in London, England. The new portrait of Queen Elizabeth II is the fifth to feature on coins of the United Kingdom since 1952. The new coinage portrait is designed by Jody Clark who is the first Royal Mint engraver to hold this honour in 100 years. (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 02: A two pound coin featuring a new portrait of Queen Elizabeth II is displayed at The National Portrait Gallery on March 2, 2015 in London, England. The new portrait of Queen Elizabeth II is the fifth to feature on coins of the United Kingdom since 1952. The new coinage portrait is designed by Jody Clark who is the first Royal Mint engraver to hold this honour in 100 years. (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)
An event assistant shows the new coin portrait of Britain's Queen Elizabeth II on a two pound coin 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 (Photo credit should read JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP/Getty Images)
An event assistant poses for photographers with the new coin portrait of Britain's Queen Elizabeth II 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 (Photo credit should read JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP/Getty Images)
An image of Lord Illay, the first governor of the Royal Bank of Scotland Plc (RBS), center, sits on a 20 pound sterling banknote, alongside images of Queen Elizabeth II, as they sit on Bank of England 20 pound sterling banknotes, in this arranged photograph taken inside a Travelex store, operated by Travelex Holdings Ltd., in Glasgow, U.K., on Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014. The pound dropped 0.4 percent to $1.6171 as of 10:22 a.m. in London, as Citigroup Inc. said in a note that the Scottish referendum will dominate the pound's 'price action' this week. Photographer: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg via Getty Images
The new coin portrait of Britain's Queen Elizabeth II is seen on a two pound coin 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 (Photo credit should read JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP/Getty Images)
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 (Photo credit should read JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP/Getty Images)
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The new portrayal, which shows Elizabeth wearing the Royal Diamond Diadem crown worn for her coronation, was created by 33-year-old Royal Mint engraver Jody Clark, whose design was selected from a number of anonymous submissions.

The last Royal Mint Engraver to be commissioned to undertake a royal portrait was George William de Saulles, who engraved the portrait of Edward VII which first appeared on coins in 1902.

Coins featuring the new effigy will go into production immediately.

(This version of the story was refiled to add dropped word in first paragraph)

(Reporting by Neil Maidment; editing by Michael Holden)

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LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 27: Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh leave Buckingham Palace in the Diamond Jubilee State Coach to travel to the Houses of Parliament for the State Opening on May 27, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 27: Queen Elizabeth II leaves Buckingham Palace in the Diamond Jubilee State Coach to travel to the Houses of Parliament for the State Opening on May 27, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
Britain's Queen Elizabeth II (C) walks to meet guests at a garden party held at Buckingham Palace, central London on May 12, 2015. AFP PHOTO / POOL /John Stillwell (Photo credit should read JOHN STILLWELL/AFP/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 13: Prince George of Cambridge is held by Prince William, Duke of Cambridge as Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Prince Harry and Queen Elizabeth II look out on the balcony of Buckingham Palace during the Trooping the Colour on June 13, 2015 in London, England. . The ceremony is Queen Elizabeth II's annual birthday parade and dates back to the time of Charles II in the 17th Century when the Colours of a regiment were used as a rallying point in battle. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
Britain's Queen Elizabeth II (L) and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh (R) ride in The Queen's Carriage during the Queen's Birthday Parade, 'Trooping the Colour,' from Buckingham Palace to Horse Guards Parade in London on June 13, 2015. The ceremony of Trooping the Colour is believed to have first been performed during the reign of King Charles II. In 1748, it was decided that the parade would be used to mark the official birthday of the Sovereign. More than 600 guardsmen and cavalry make up the parade, a celebration of the Sovereign's official birthday, although the Queen's actual birthday is on 21 April. AFP PHOTO / BEN STANSALL (Photo credit should read BEN STANSALL/AFP/Getty Images)
Britain's Queen Elizabeth II (C) arrives back at Buckingham Palace from Horse Guards Parade in a horse-drawn carriage preceeded and followed by marching guardsmen and other members of the royal family including Prince Charles, Prince of Wales (CL) riding beside the arriage during the Queen's Birthday Parade, 'Trooping the Colour,' in London on June 13, 2015. The ceremony of Trooping the Colour is believed to have first been performed during the reign of King Charles II. In 1748, it was decided that the parade would be used to mark the official birthday of the Sovereign. More than 600 guardsmen and cavalry make up the parade, a celebration of the Sovereign's official birthday, although the Queen's actual birthday is on 21 April. AFP PHOTO / BEN STANSALL (Photo credit should read BEN STANSALL/AFP/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 9: Queen Elizabeth II receives The Ambassador of Georgia Dr Revaz Gachechiladze and Mrs Mzia Marsagishvili as he presents his Letter of Credence at Buckingham Palace on December 9, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Anthony Devlin - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
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