The Royal Mint has launched a memorial £5 coin to honour the life and legacy of HRH The Duke of Edinburgh.
The coin was designed by artist Ian Rank-Broadley and features a portrait that Prince Philip personally approved in 2008 and bears the inscription ‘HRH The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh 1921-2021’
The commemorative is available from the Royal Mint in Brilliant Uncirculated, Silver Proof and Gold Proof editions. The £5 denomination is traditionally used to mark major royal events, such as a coronation or a jubilee.
Rank-Broadley said: “The portrait sitting took place in Prince Philip’s library and you could tell he was a widely read and thoughtful person.
“It was a great privilege to spend some time with him and, as with other members of The Royal Family, I found he was very generous with his time.
“I hope the design captures Prince Philip – an impressive, highly intelligent and humorous man.”
Prince Philip held the position of the President of The Royal Mint Advisory Committee (RMAC) from 1952 and 1999 and had a keen interest in coins. His tenure coincided with the death of George VI, and the requirement of new coins featuring an image of Queen Elizabeth II.
As President he oversaw the design of coins, medals and seals for the UK, including four portraits of The Queen used on coins.
Anne Jessopp, Chief Executive of The Royal Mint, said: “Since the passing of The Duke of Edinburgh in April, many have commented that he led a life well-lived.
“He was the longest-serving consort in British history, and patron or president to over 750 organisations – including The Royal Mint Advisory Committee.”
The Royal Mint will donate £50,000 from the sale of the coins to be split between The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award in the UK and The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award Foundation, helping the charities to continue their support young people.
The Royal Mint has also revealed a new exhibition honouring Prince Philip’s life at its tourist attraction, The Royal Mint Experience.
Ruth Marvel, CEO of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Awards commented “This wonderful tribute will help us build on The Duke of Edinburgh’s legacy so more young people can start their DofE Award journey and develop the skills, resilience and self-belief they will need to successfully navigate the challenges of adult life.”