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King Charles III Coins to Launch by Christmas With Monarch Facing Left

The new 50 pence coin in London, on Sept. 29.
The new 50 pence coin in London, on Sept. 29.Photographer: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

Coins featuring King Charles III are set to enter use before Christmas in the UK, where they’ll circulate alongside existing ones depicting Queen Elizabeth II.

Charles is shown facing from right to left, the opposite direction to his mother, following a royal tradition in which coins’ orientation is reversed for successive monarchs.