26 June 2021
The Royal Mint's £5 crown celebrates the life and legacy of HRH The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. The £5 coin features an original new portrait that was personally approved by The Duke of Edinburgh in 2008.
Prince Philip honoured with £5 crown coin
The memorial coin bears the inscription “HRH The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh 1921-2021” and was designed by the acclaimed artist Ian Rank-Broadley FRBS.
In keeping with Royal tradition, the denomination of the memorial coin is a £5 Crown - typically used to mark significant moments such as Coronations and Jubilees.
The standard £5 coin is made from cupro-nickel and retails at £13. Other versions are available as follows:
- Quarter-Ounce Gold Proof Coin, mintage of 750, retails at £650
- £5 Gold Proof Coin, mintage of 500, retails at £2,650
- Two-Ounce Gold Proof Coin, mintage of 300, retails at £4,650
- Five-Ounce Gold Proof Coin, mintage of 150, retails at £11,125
- Ten-Ounce Gold Proof Coin, mintage of 50, retails at £22,250
- One Kilo Gold Proof Coin, mintage of 10, retails at £67,500
- Two-Kilo Gold Proof Coin, mintage of 5, retails at £147,250
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Prince Philip's coin connections
Prince Philip had a keen interest in coins, and was President of The Royal Mint Advisory Committee (RMAC) from 1952 until 1999. As President he oversaw the design of coins, medals and seals for the UK.
His appointment coincided with the death of George VI, and the need for a new suite of coins bearing the portrait of Queen Elizabeth II. In total he oversaw four new definitive coin portraits of The Queen during his tenure as President, as well as the new coins needed for decimalisation.
Chancellor Rishi Sunak said:
“This coin is a fitting tribute to The Duke of Edinburgh, who moved and inspired so many people around the world with his decades of service both to the nation and Her Majesty The Queen. I’m proud to unveil the coin on Armed Forces Day, considering his distinguished naval career and unwavering dedication to our Monarch and to his Royal duties, and it is only right that he and the Queen are depicted together on both sides of it.”
Ian Rank-Broadley FRBS, designer of the coin, recalls meeting Prince Philip to share the design:
“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.”
Donation to Duke of Edinburgh’s Award
To honour Prince Philip’s philanthropic legacy, 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.
The donation will help the charities continue to support young people in the UK and overseas. The Royal Mint has also unveiled a temporary new exhibition honouring the legacy of the Prince at its tourist attraction, The Royal Mint Experience.
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