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In honour of HRH The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, The Royal Mint has created a memorial coin to celebrate his life and legacy.

The design features a portrait created by Ian Rank-Broadley FRBS that was personally approved by The Duke of Edinburgh.

The coins will be available from 9am on Saturday 26th June 2021.

Coin Design

As per the Royal Proclamation published on the 25th June 2021, the design of the £5 cupro-nickel coin shall be as follows:

  • For the obverse impression Our effigy with the inscription “· ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 5 POUNDS ·” and the date of the year
  • For the reverse a depiction of His Royal Highness, Prince Philip accompanied by the inscription “HRH THE PRINCE PHILIP DUKE OF EDINBURGH 1921 2021”.
  • The coin shall have a grained edge.

The coins will be made available in BUNC, Silver Proof and Gold Proof.

Ian Rank-Broadley created a portrait image in a three-quarter pose from a set of photographs. He was invited to Buckingham Palace to present these images to Prince Philip but they did not immediately meet with approval, as the artist recalls:

When His Royal Highness saw the portrait, he said he wanted a profile portrait. As I had my sketch book and a camera with me, I suggested he sit for me so I could do some preparatory work straight away. When you get an opportunity like that you need to get as much information down as you can and very quickly.

The sitting took place in Prince Philip’s library and you could tell he was a widely read and thoughtful person, with recently read and purchased books all around. 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.

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Following the (sad) announcement of the passing of His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh on 9 April 2021, many reflected that his was a life well lived.

A man of action and significant achievements, Prince Philip became a naval commander at a young age and provided steadfast counsel to Her Majesty The Queen throughout her reign.

When his young wife first took on the role as monarch, the newly titled Duke of Edinburgh supported her, showing tireless dedication to his duty.

This exemplary service was recognised by The Queen at the time of their 70th wedding anniversary in 2017, when he was appointed a Knight Grand Cross of the Royal Victorian Order (GCVO). In honour of this remarkable man, The Royal Mint has created a coin to celebrate his life and legacy.

The design features a portrait created by Ian Rank-Broadley FRBS that was personally approved by The Duke of Edinburgh.

The Life & Career of Prince Philip

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His Royal Highness Prince Philip of Greece and Denmark was commissioned as a Sub-Lieutenant after a series of courses at Portsmouth, where he gained the top grade in four out of five sections of the qualifying exam.

In February 1942, Prince Philip was mentioned in despatches as a midshipman in HMS Valiant at the Battle of Cape Matapan.

His Royal Highness was promoted from Sub-Lieutenant to Lieutenant in 1942.

Philip Mountbatten of Greece took the oath of allegiance as a British citizen in February 1947 and was granted Certificates of Naturalization by the Secretary of State.

On 31 July in 1947, George VI ‘was this day pleased, in pursuance of the Royal Marriages Act, 1772, to declare His Consent to a Contract of Matrimony between His Most Dearly Beloved Daughter The Princess Elizabeth Alexandra Mary and Lieutenant Philip Mountbatten, R.N., son of His late Royal Highness Prince Andrew of Greece, G.C.V.O., and of Her Royal Highness Princess Andrew, R.R.C.’

On the morning of his wedding to Princess Elizabeth, Prince Philip was created Duke of Edinburgh, Earl of Merioneth, and Baron Greenwich, of Greenwich in the County of London and was granted the style His Royal Highness.

In June 1948, the Duke of Edinburgh became a personal Aide-de-Camp to King George VI.

Charles, Prince of Wales, was born at Buckingham Palace “at fourteen minutes after nine o’clock” on 14 November 1948. Following the death of his grandfather in 1952, he would become heir apparent to the British throne.

In July 1950, the Duke of Edinburgh was promoted from Lieutenant to Lieutenant Commander and given command of the frigate HMS Magpie.

The Duke of Edinburgh and the Queen’s second child and only daughter, Princess Anne was delivered “at 11.50 o’clock” at Clarence House on 15 August 1950.

The Queen declared that “She and Her children shall be styled and known as the House and Family of Windsor”, with no reference to Mountbatten.

The Duke of Edinburgh was promoted from Lieutenant Commander to Commander in the Royal Navy in June 1952.

Dated 18 September, the Queen declared that the Duke of Edinburgh would “have, hold and enjoy Place, Pre-eminence and Precedence next to Her Majesty.”

On Christmas Eve in 1952, the Queen graciously approved the appointment of the Duke of Edinburgh as Admiral of the Sea Cadet Corps, a role he would hold until 1992.

In January 1953, The Queen appointed the Duke of Edinburgh as Field Marshal and Colonel-in-Chief of the Army Cadet Force.

The Queen appointed the Duke of Edinburgh as Marshal of the Royal Air Force and Air Commodore-in-Chief of the Air Training Corps on 15 January 1953.

On 15 January 1953, the Queen approved the promotion of the Duke of Edinburgh to the rank of Admiral of the Fleet.

Prince Philip began his long association with the Order of the British Empire in May 1953, when he succeeded Queen Mary as Grand Master and First or Principal Knight Grand Cross.

On 1 June 1953, the Queen appointed the Duke of Edinburgh as Captain General of the Royal Marines.

The Queen granted her husband the style and title of a Prince of the United Kingdom by Letters Patent, and it was gazetted that he was to be known as “His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.”

After “further consideration”, the Queen declared that her and Prince Philip’s descendants, “other than female descendants who marry and their descendant”, who would not enjoy “neither the style, title or attribute of Royal Highness” or “Prince” would bear the name Mountbatten-Windsor.

The Queen and Prince Philip’s third child, Prince Andrew was delivered at Buckingham Palace on 19 February 1960 “at thirty minutes after three o’clock”. 

On 10 March 1964, Prince Edward was born “at twenty minutes after eight o’clock” at Buckingham Palace. He was the Duke of Edinburgh and the Queen’s fourth child.

Founded by King Edward VII, His Royal Highness The Prince Philip was appointed to the Order of Merit in 1968.

The London Gazette announced the issuing of coins to mark Her Majesty the Queen and His Royal Highness The Prince Philip’s Silver Wedding Anniversary.

On 16 November 1977, Princess Anne and Mark Phillips’ first child was safely delivered at St Mary’s Hospital in Paddington, London “at 10.46 o’clock” in the morning. Peter Phillips was the Duke of Edinburgh’s first grandchild.

The first child of Charles, Prince of Wales and Diana, then Princess of Wales was born on 21 June 1982 “at 9.03 o’clock” in the evening at St Mary’s Hospital in Paddington, London. Prince William was born second in the line to succeed his grandmother, Elizabeth II. 

Prince Charles’ second son and Prince Philip’s fourth grandchild, Prince ‘Harry’ was delivered in the Lindo Wing of St Mary’s Hospital in Paddington, London on 15 September 1984 “at 4.20 o’clock” in the afternoon. 

On 8 August 1988, Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson, the Duke and Duchess of York’s first child was delivered. Princess Beatrice was born “at 8.18 o’clock” in the evening at the Portland Hospital, London.

The Duke and Duchess of York’s second child was delivered “at 7.58 o’clock” in the evening on 23 March 1990 at the Portland Hospital, London. Princess Eugenie was the Duke of Edinburgh’s sixth grandchild. 

The first son of Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge was born on 22 July 2013 “at 4:24 o’clock” at St Mary’s Hospital in Paddington, London. Prince George became Prince Philip and the Queen’s third great-grandchild and third in line of succession to the British throne. The event was “commemorated by the firing of the Park and Tower Guns.”

The second child of Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge was delivered “at 08.34” in the morning on 2 May 2015 at St Mary’s Hospital in Paddington, London. Princess Charlotte was born fourth in line of succession to the throne.

A proclamation provided for the Royal Mint to strike a coin to celebrate Prince Philip’s long period of public service, showing Prince Philip’s youthful portrait by the designer Humphrey Paget with the inscription “NON SIBI SED PATRIAE”, meaning “not for self, but for country”.

Prince William and Catherine, Duke and Duchess of Cambridge had their third child on 23 April 2018 at St Mary’s Hospital in Paddington, London “at 11.01am”. Prince Louis was born fifth in line of succession to the British throne. 

On 6 May 2019, Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex’s first child was delivered. Archie Mountbatten-Windsor was born “at 05.26” in the morning, he was Prince Philip’s eighth great-grandchild.

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