Money of the Commonwealth

More than 35 nations have featured Elizabeth II on their money since 1935. Currently, eight Commonwealth nations feature her on their regular coinage along with one former Commonwealth member and ten dependent territories. Fifteen other nations used to feature The Queen.

Canada issued the first banknote featuring Elizabeth, when she was 8 years old. In 1951, Canada issued another banknote showing the soon-to-be queen at 25. The Queen’s image appeared on banknotes and coins across the world after her coronation, with the 1950s and 1960s seeing the greatest number of countries issuing circulating money featuring her likeness. Britain issued its first banknote featuring the queen in 1960. This note also marked the first time that a monarch had been used on a Bank of England one pound note.

As colonies and dominions gained independence, those that became republics removed the royal image from their currency. Jamaica, for example, put Marcus Garvey on its currency in 1966, and Bermuda redesigned its banknotes to feature local animals. However, the queen remains a beloved figure and her image continues to appear on money worldwide.






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