After the change of the monarchy, stamps, coins, passports and Postboxes bearing the ER cypher will remain in circulation. But the Royal Mail will stop making them. It will probably take a number of years for these items to be replaced.
Coins featuring the portrait of Queen Elizabeth II will not immediately be withdrawn from circulation. Instead, the new design will gradually phase out the old one. Older ones will circulate alongside new ones bearing the profile of King Charles. Because of the high number of coins in circulation, it is not practical to change all of them at once. The last time that happened was before Decimal Day in 1971, when multiple British monarchs were circulating side by side. Until then, Victorian Pennies were still in circulation.
Despite these concerns, the new design of the coins is likely to be welcomed by the public. They will still be legal tender and will be legal until a certain date. Unlike the old notes, the new notes will not be printed and minted in a short time. In addition, the current banknotes with the image of the Queen will continue to be legal tender for years to come.
Postboxes bearing the ER cypher are unlikely to be removed
Postboxes with this cypher have remained in place for many decades, and most postboxes are still in use today. It was first used in Victorian times, and it remains the standard postbox design today. They are made of iron and painted green. The first postboxes omitted the king’s name, but still carried the Tudor Crown and Imperial State Crown. After the 1874 changes, postboxes were painted red. The change helped alleviate the problem of envelopes sticking to postboxes. They also became smaller, so they used less material. Today, there are three main types of postboxes: Type A, Type B, and Type C.
Roadside post boxes have been around for many centuries. They have been used since the time of Queen Victoria. Some postboxes even feature a cypher with the reigning monarch’s initials. It’s also important to note that these postboxes are unlikely to be removed.
Royal Mail will stop producing Queen Elizabeth II stamps
In an effort to improve postal security and operational efficiencies, the Royal Mail is switching to a barcode system for stamps. The new technology enables added security features and facilitates new services for customers. Barcodes will be included on all stamps from January 31 2023, and the postal service will offer a swap out scheme for non-barcoded stamps. Customers will be able to exchange their non-barcoded stamps for barcoded ones for free when the new scheme starts next month.
The end of Queen Elizabeth II’s reign also means the end of her stamps, which feature the profile of the monarch on a plain background. While the new stamps will be a good replacement, those who already have a collection are encouraged to use them before they’re worthless. Despite this, the post office will continue to offer a stamp gallery featuring the late monarch’s stamps.
There are a number of ways to continue using the Queen Elizabeth II stamps, including swiping them for other barcoded stamps. You can also send stamps you already own to the Royal Mail for exchange. Just fill out the Swap Out form and send it to the correct address. Your new barcoded stamps should arrive within seven working days, although demand may delay the delivery.
The Queen is currently featured on 35 countries around the world, including Canada, New Zealand, Fiji, Cyprus, and Jamaica. It is unclear how many of these countries will keep their Queen-themed currency, though it’s possible that some will keep the issue as legal tender. The new King will feature on British stamps at some point in the future.