A university of Central Lancashire scholar has officially started the production of the new 2015 circulating coins that will be rolled out across the UK.
Royal Mint designer Jody Clark was invited to start up the presses which will strike his own depiction of the Queen on all newly issued UK coins for general circulation from now on.
The UCLan graduate is the youngest, at 33, of the five designers to have created the portraits of The Queen that have appeared on UK circulating coin during her 63 year reign.
He is the first Royal Mint engraver to be chosen to create a definitive royal coinage portrait in more than a century and his is only the fifth definitive portrait of The Queen to appear on circulating coins since her accession to the throne in 1952.
He said: “The news that my design had been chosen was quite overwhelming, and I still can’t quite believe that my royal portrait will be featured on millions of coins, playing a small part in The Royal Mint’s 1,000 year history.”
Jody added: “ I hope that I’ve done Her Majesty justice and captured her as I intended, in a fitting representation.”
His portrayal of The Queen, wearing the Royal Diamond Diadem crown worn for her Coronation, was selected in an anonymous closed competition which was organised by the Royal Mint Advisory Committee (RMAC).