It is unclear exactly when stamps, coins and notes will be updated to bear the face of King Charles III.
Postal stamps featuring the late Queen Elizabeth II will remain valid following her death for around four months, Royal Mail has announced.
But neither the postal service nor the Royal Mint have yet said when new insignia will come into public circulation, though we may expect further news after the Queen’s state funeral.
Special stamps already announced will still be issued, although there may be changes to when they are launched.
A Royal Mail statement explained: ‘Following the passing of HM Queen Elizabeth II, Royal Mail has confirmed that stamps bearing the image of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II remain valid for use.
‘These include definitive stamps – regular “everyday” stamps – and special stamps.
‘As previously announced, following the introduction of barcodes to everyday stamps, these stamps remain valid until the end of January 2023.’
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Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II has died after 70 years on the throne, her death announced by Buckingham Palace on September 8, 2022.
She died at the age of 96 at her home in Balmoral, with her son, the now King Charles, and daughter Princess Anne by her side.
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It continued: ‘All special stamps that have already been announced will be issued, although the launch dates of some may change.
‘In line with past practice. following the death of a monarch all existing post boxes will remain unchanged.
‘Post boxes already in production or being prepared for installation will also retain the insignia of Queen Elizabeth II.’
The company announced that a gallery of stamps featuring the Queen is already available on its website.
The statement added: ‘No further announcements on stamps will be made before the funeral, and then only at the appropriate time, after consultation with Buckingham Palace.’
The Royal Mint was unable to tell Metro.co.uk when it might begin producing new coins.
But its CEO Anne Jessopp said: ‘On behalf of everyone at the Royal Mint, I would like to extend our heartfelt sympathy to the Royal Family at this extraordinarily sad time.
‘Queen Elizabeth II ruled with heart and devotion, and will be dearly missed by all of us at the Royal Mint and by millions of people around the world.
‘The Royal Mint worked with Her Late Majesty throughout her reign – detailing her journey from new Queen to respected head of state across five coin portraits, and ensuring each new UK coin received her personal seal of approval.
‘The remarkable legacy of Britain’s longest serving monarch will live on for many years to come.’
The organisation said it could not provide details about future cash or speculate further.
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