When asked to draw the Queen Elizabeth II’s face on a blank coin, the great majority of the interviewed British citizens believe she faces left.

English: 1954 Royal Visit commemorative florin...

Obverse of the 1954 Royal Visit Commemorative Florin

In reality the Queen faces right. This common mistake is allegedly to do with right handedness, a natural presumption of a profile.

In fact, she has always faced right, though she faces left on the stamp.

Images of each monarch have been alternating between facing left and right when appearing on a coin. Queen Elizabeth’s father George VI had a left facing coin. This alternation has happened ever since Charles II’s reign between 1649 and 1651.

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