1st batch of newly minted Canadian cash bearing King Charles’s picture unveiled

The primary Canadian cash that includes the face of King Charles had been unveiled in Winnipeg on Tuesday, the King’s seventy fifth birthday.

“Since 1953, the portrait of the late Queen Elizabeth has graced the obverse of Canadian cash. Right this moment, 70 years later, a brand new chapter in Canadian historical past begins,” mint president and CEO Marie Lemay mentioned throughout a information convention on the Royal Canadian Mint plant that produces circulation cash.

“We want His Majesty a contented birthday and we sit up for quickly sending him his very personal set of first strike cash.”

The mint showcased the picture of the monarch that may seem on one aspect of all its cash, changing the picture of the late Queen Elizabeth II.

The design by Canadian portrait artist Steven Rosati was chosen from amongst submissions by 350 artists.

It was despatched to Buckingham Palace for approval.

Marie Lemay, president and CEO of the Royal Canadian Mint, and designer Steven Rosati unveil a coin at an occasion celebrating the primary strike of a loonie with the effigy of King Charles on it. (John Woods/The Canadian Press)

“I’m honoured and humbled to have had my design of His Majesty King Charles III’s effigy chosen for such a prestigious second within the historical past of Canadian cash,” Rosati mentioned on the unveiling. “I’m very excited to see the precise cash in manufacturing.”

Earlier this yr, the federal authorities directed the mint and the Financial institution of Canada to interchange the picture of the late Queen with one of many King on cash and on the $20 invoice.

A spokesperson for the Financial institution of Canada mentioned it has began the design course of for the brand new invoice, however it is going to seemingly be years earlier than it is issued.

“At this stage, it’s far too early to be extra exact about when the design of the observe will likely be unveiled and when the observe will start to flow into,” Rebecca Spence mentioned. “The present $20 observe will proceed to flow into for years to come back.”

The monarch’s effigy was pressed onto a loonie for the primary time on the mint on Tuesday.

Numerous newly-minted coins are shown displaying the effigy of King Charles.
Newly minted loonies tumble out of a machine after being pressed on the Royal Canadian Mint plant in Winnipeg on Tuesday. (John Woods/The Canadian Press)

The mint mentioned a small variety of 2023-dated cash with the King’s likeness will flow into in early December.

Coin exchanges are set to happen later within the month on the mint’s Ottawa and Winnipeg boutiques.

Rosati has designed different cash for the mint, together with six silver Nationwide Hockey League goalie cash and a a hundredth anniversary commemorative loonie in honour of the Toronto Maple Leafs.

An artist's rendering of a new coin is shown.
A likeness of King Charles is proven on a loonie coin in a handout picture. The Royal Canadian Mint unveiled the cash Tuesday at its Winnipeg plant. (Submitted by the Royal Canadian Mint/The Canadian Press)

The mint beforehand launched pure gold and silver collector cash to mark the King’s coronation.

The King ascended to the throne in September 2022, following the loss of life of his 96-year-old mom, who reigned for 70 years. He celebrated the start of his reign with a coronation that was attended by world leaders, together with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

All Canadian cash nonetheless in circulation with the Queen will nonetheless be thought-about authorized tender.

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