Queen Elizabeth II, who died in September after a reign of seven decades, had been the only British monarch to appear on a banknote, according to Andrew Bailey, Governor of the Bank of England. The bank was not allowed to use a monarch’s face until a few years after the queen’s reign.
The UK Treasury gave the bank permission in 1956 to use the queen’s portrait on a new series of banknotes, according to the bank’s website. It wasn’t until 1960 that Grace’s face first appeared on a banknote, which was a £1 note. It was followed by a 10 shilling note the following year.
As with everything real, people had opinions. The queen appeared wearing the diamond headband and a stern expression in his portrait.
“It was a formal, stately image, and was criticized for being a stark and unrealistic likeness,” according to the bank website. People found the portrait used on a redesigned £5 note in 1963 and a £10 note in 1964 much more natural.
After other designs, the bank has used the same portrait of the queen on its banknotes since 1990, according to the website. She was 64 years old when the bank issued money with the new portrait. Carlos is 74 years old.
“It has become a household image,” according to the bank’s website, “making it a useful anti-counterfeiting feature. People can detect changes in images of faces, especially familiar ones, much more easily than in other types of patterns. That helps people spot fakes with miscopied images.”
The bank even kept the same portrait when it began printing banknotes on polymer instead of paper in 2016.
The central bank announced in June its intention to withdraw £14.5bn worth of paper notes from circulation as it transitions to polymer notes. The moves made Britain the world’s largest economy to use plastic-like banknotes, The Washington Post reported at the time. Polymer banknotes are not only easier to clean than paper banknotes, but also more difficult to counterfeit.
the bank of england Announced that the new polymer banknotes with the king will be printed in denominations of 5, 10, 20 and 50 pounds.
Possibly seeking to avoid criticism his mother faced for earlier banknote portraits, the image revealed on Tuesday shows the king uncrowned.
Portraits of English monarchs have been on coins for much longer than on banknotes.
The first English king to appear on a coin with a crown or ring was Athelstan, who died in 939, according to the website of the Royal House.
A monarch’s portrayal of money used to matter a lot more before the ubiquitous tabloids covered every move and statement by the royal family.
“For many people, the image of the king on coins was the only image of the monarch they were likely to see in their lifetime,” according to the royal website.
On December 8, the Royal Mint delivered 4.9 million 50p coins bearing the king’s image to post offices, according to a mint news release. — about half of the 9.6 million coins they hope to mint with the king’s face.
He’s looking to the left on his coin portrait, which is on purpose.
According to the Royal House website: “From the time of Charles II onwards, the tradition developed that monarchs were depicted on coins facing away from their immediate predecessor.”
The Queen’s face is on 27 billion coins circulating in the UK, according to the Mint.