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Queen Elizabeth Is Featured on Several Currencies. Now What?

The image of Queen Elizabeth II British banknotes.

The image of Queen Elizabeth II British banknotes.

Photographer: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg
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London (AP) -- Queen Elizabeth II has been depicted on British banknotes and coins for decades. Her portrait also has been featured on currencies in dozens of other places around the world, in a reminder of the British empire's colonial reach.

So what happens next after her death this week? It will take time for the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and other countries to swap out the monarchs on their money.