Royal Mint launch new £5 coin celebrating the life and legacy of Prince Philip
The official memorial coin features an original portrait of The Duke of Edinburgh on a £5 crown, which was personally approved by Prince Philip himself. The original coin makers have also said they will make a £50,000 donation to The Duke of Edinburgh award schemes to support work in the UK and internationally.
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 has marked significant royal events for centuries, and is honoured to unveil an original new coin which celebrates the life and legacy of a remarkable man.
“It feels fitting that this coin – which was personally approved by the Prince – will also support the work of The Duke of Edinburgh’s Awards.
“The awards have benefited millions of young people since they were formed in 1956, and are perhaps Prince Philip’s greatest legacy.”
“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.”
To honour the Prince’s legacy, The Royal Mint has said it 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.
John May, Secretary General of The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award Foundation said: “The Royal Mint’s Commemorative Coins are a piece of British history and we are honoured to be involved.
“Prince Philip was a champion of the infinite potential of young people and his award is even more relevant than when it started.
“This support will ensure that more young people worldwide can use the award to discover their resilience, adaptability, confidence and leadership skills and be ready to face the world of today and tomorrow.”
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