UK starts using new currency notes bearing image of King Charles III

June 07, 2024 | 17:09:20

Coins bearing Charles's head entered circulation in December 2022.

NEW DELHI: Banknotes in Britain, bearing the image of King Charles III, went into circulation for the first time, two years after he was crowned after his mother Queen Elizabeth's death.

The four banknotes with the king's portrait on the front carry values of £5 ($6.4), £10, £20 and £50. The currency notes will be used in the UK alongside the old currency notes that bear the image of Elizabeth. The Queen died in September 2021.

Coins bearing Charles's head entered circulation in December 2022.

The updates come as Britons increasingly use physical and online bank cards, rather than cash, to make payments. But Bank of England governor Andrew Bailey called it "a historic moment", with the late queen having served a record 70 years on the throne.

"We know that cash is important for many people, and we are committed to providing banknotes for as long as the public demand them," he added.

Based on a photograph owned by the royal household and made available in 2013, Charles in late 2022 approved the final designs of the notes featuring his engraved portrait.

The new cash -- made from polymer that has already been used to replace paper money in the UK since 2016 -- will gradually replace the older notes.