Posted: Tuesday, December 20, 2022. 10:43 am CST.
By Aaron Humes: Since 1960, only one person’s face has ever been featured on British bank notes, not to mention many in the Commonwealth and Belize – the late Queen Elizabeth II.
Today, son and successor King Charles III was officially announced to join her, with the Royal Family’s official Instagram page announcing that the Bank of England “unveiled designs for new banknotes featuring His Majesty The King. They are expected to enter circulation in the UK by mid-2024.”
Charles will be the second monarch and first King of the United Kingdom to appear on official British bank notes, although the sovereign’s likeness has been appearing on British coins since the eighth century.
Here in Belize the Central Bank, which controls Belizean legal tender, continues to maintain the current series of banknotes and coins while awaiting the end of a Constitutional review process that may signal a switch to republican status, which means other designs may be used for the Belizean currency. In the meantime, the current series of $2, $5, $10, $20, $50, and $100 notes and coins ranging from one cent to one dollar with the Queen’s picture remain legal tender.
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