15 International Banknotes That Show Queen Elizabeth’s Aging Process (Part 1)
Queen Elizabeth II has, of course, been pictured on British currency for much of her reign, but she has also appeared on the money of various British Commonwealth states and Crown dependencies. With such a long reign (61 years so far) and so many nations issuing money with her image on it over the years, there are enough banknote portraits to construct a sort of aging timeline for the Queen.
The age given below for each portrait is her age when the picture was made, which is not always the same as the year the banknote was issued. Here is Lilibet through the years, on money.
1. CANADA, 20 DOLLARS, AGE 8
She was just a princess then. Her picture appeared on Canadian banknotes long before anything issued by the Bank of England.
2. CANADA, 1 DOLLAR, AGE 25
From a portrait taken by a Canadian photographer the year before she ascended the throne.
3. JAMAICA, 1 POUND, AGE 26
4. MAURITIUS, 5 RUPEES, AGE 29
From a painting commissioned in the 1950s by the Worshipful Company of Fishmongers, for Fishmongers’ Hall in London.
5. CAYMAN ISLANDS, 100 DOLLARS, AGE 34
Here she’s wearing the Russian-style Kokoshnik tiara.