In early 2023, coin collectors will see a period of transition, with coins released featuring either the 2023 Jody Clark Commonwealth Effigy or the 2023 Queen Elizabeth II Memorial Obverse.
To aid collectors, the obverse featured on each release will be included in the release posts on the Mint's Facebook page, website and newsletters.
Frequently asked questions
Q: What is the difference between the two obverses?
A. The Memorial Obverse features British engraver Jody Clark’s portrait of Queen Elizabeth II, with one notable addition – the Queen’s years of reign – it will read “Elizabeth II 1952-2022”.
Q. Why is there a period of transition?
A. A number of coins were Currency Determined prior to the Queen’s passing, these coins were approved and produced with the 2023 Jody Clark Commonwealth Effigy and will release in the early part of 2023. Coins Currency Determined after the Queen’s passing will feature the 2023 Queen Elizabeth II Memorial Obverse until such time as an effigy of King Charles II is released.
Q: Will the Mint update products released with the 2023 Jody Clark Commonwealth Effigy to the 2023 Queen Elizabeth II Memorial Obverse?
A: There are no plans to change the effigy of products once released.
Q. When will more information about coins with the King Charles III effigy be available?
In 2023, an announcement on the King Charles III effigy will be made.