Why King Charles’s profile may face left on British coins, and why it matters.

Queen Elizabeth II faced right on British coins. Her son and successor might face the other way.

There are 29 billion British coins in circulation with Queen Elizabeth II’s face on them. Since she first appeared on the coins, a year after her ascension in 1952, the Royal Mint has used five different portraits. And on all of them, she faces to the right.

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