New 50p coin features King Charles instead of Queen to arrive from December

The first 50p coins featuring King Charles III are now in production, the Royal Mint said.

There are plans for the new money to appear in purses and wallets from this December.

It represents the biggest change to UK coins in over 50 years which marks the transition from the Queen Elizabeth II.

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The new 50p will show Charles' face to the left, in the opposite direction to his late mother.

Tradition states that each new monarch should face the opposite way to their predecessors on coinage.

The King will also not be wearing his crown on the coin as tradition dictates only Queens should be pictured crowned.

For many Brits, it'll be the first time in their lives to see a new monarch appear on coins.

The UK will also enter a new transition era where currencies featuring the Queen and King Charles will co-circulate.

Rebecca Morgan, director of collector services at the Royal Mint, said: "Most people under the age of 50 only ever have seen Queen Elizabeth II in their pockets.

"It wasn't unusual to see two or three different monarchs on coins before decimalisation."

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British artist Martin Jennings, who designed the new 50p coin, said it's extremely painstaking work.

He used images of Charles on his 70th birthday and began drawing his design on paper, before creating a model in plaster.

Martin said: "It has been a big design challenge. The placing of everything is exactly precise, such as the spacing between the letters, the proximity with the head.

"It is a huge honour. It is extraordinary to think that the smallest piece of work that I have ever done is that one that is going to be reproduced in the most multiples."

There are currently still around 27billion coins of Queen Elizabeth, which will remain legal tender until they're replaced over time.

Production of old coins will hopefully conclude by the end of the year, but a new memorial 50p to honour the late Queen will be available for general use from December.

Kevin Clancy, director of the Royal Mint Museum, said: "The new memorial 50p marks a moment in history and honours a landmark reign that lasted for 70 years."

The design will feature an image of her coronation at Westminster Abbey in 1953.

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