After a long wait, we are pleased to announce that the eagerly-anticipated fifth portrait of Her Majesty The Queen has been unveiled today.
A 2015 £1 coin bearing the fifth definitive coin portrait of Her Majesty The Queen
The portrait was unveiled this morning, in front of a packed crowd at the National Portrait Gallery in London. It was the first chance to see the fifth definitive coinage portrait of The Queen which will begin to grace all UK circulating coins made after today. However, it is unlikely that we will find them in our change until later this year – as all coins struck before today will make their way into circulation first.
In November 2014 – as the 2015 coin designs were unveiled – it was also revealed that the coinage portrait of The Queen would be changing. Then, on 27 January 2015 – the 50th anniversary of the death of the designer of the first portrait of The Queen, Mary Gillick – it was announced that the grand reveal would take place today, 2 March 2015.
With the unveiling of the portrait came the unveiling of its creator. For the first time in over 100 years it is a Royal Mint engraver who has created the royal coinage portrait. Jody Clark, designer of the 2014 Britannia, was today confirmed as the artist responsible for the fifth portrait – after his design was selected from a number of anonymous submissions.
Jody Clark – Royal Mint Engraver and creator of the Fifth definitive coinage portrait of Her Majesty The Queen
Initial sketch of the Fifth Royal Portrait by Jody Clark
There are some noticeable changes to The Queen’s image in the new portrait by Jody Clark. Her Majesty is seen wearing the Royal Diamond Diadem crown worn for her Coronation and earrings, similar to those in the portrait by Raphael Maklouf, are included. The Inscription ELIZABETH II – DEI – GRA –REGINA – FID – DEF hasn’t changed, however its position has, encompassing the effigy entirely. The familiar I.R.B (Ian Rank-Broadley) is replaced by the J.C of Jody Clark.
A feature that is unique to this portrait of The Queen, is that Jody Clark created it entirely digitally. Using computer aided design software, he was able to take his initial sketches and transform them into the low-relief model required for coinage.
Jody Clark at work on the Fifth Portrait
Be one of the first to own coins featuring the fifth portrait of The Queen. Sets featuring the new portrait are now available on royalmint.com.