With the death of Queen Elizabeth II, a new era of King Charles III immediately began. And exactly what that looks like is now becoming clear as bank notes, coins, stamps, and post boxes will soon begin to feature the image and cypher of the King.
In a co-ordinated effort to announce the changes, Buckingham Palace, the Bank of England, Royal Mint, and Royal Mail have today shared information about the King’s cypher and how money and mail will be affected.
Buckingham Palace said in a statement that the cypher is the Sovereign’s monogram, consisting of the initials of the monarch’s name, Charles, and title, Rex, Latin for King, alongside a representation of the Crown.
The Palace outlined that the cypher, which was designed by the College of Arms, will appear on government buildings, state documents and on some post boxes. Meanwhile, the Bank of England confirmed that it will reveal images of updated banknotes with King Charles’s portrait by the end of the year, adding that the notes are expected to enter circulation by mid-2024.