With the release of a new £5 coin, a 20 year anniversary and a major milestone in The Great £1 Coin Race – August tuned out to be a very interesting month!
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The Royal Mint has just announced the release of a brand new UK coin that pays tribute to Prince Philip and his 70 years of service.
On 4th May this year, Buckingham Palace announced that Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh would be retiring from public duty. This marks an incredible 70 years of service to the Queen, the United Kingdom, British Isles and the Commonwealth.
The release of this coin is sure to be exciting for Change Checkers in the knowledge that the last UK coin that featured Prince Philip turned out to be extremely rare.
The rarest £5 coin
Back in 2011 a UK £5 coin was issued by The Royal Mint in celebration of the 90th birthday of Prince Philip.
The coins design featured a specially commissioned portrait of Philip by Mark Richards FRBS. Just 18,730 of these coins were struck in Brilliant Uncirculated presentation packs making it one of the rarest £5 coins ever.
And because of this, the coin is extremely sought after by collectors and is virtually impossible to get hold of on the secondary market.
As you probably already know, coins with a lower mintage are often the most sought-after by collectors in years to come.
So could this new 2017 UK Prince Phillip coin have an even lower mintage?
Now available to order
The Brand New 2017 UK Prince Philip CERTIFIED BU £5 Coin is now available to order.
Today, the Duke of Edinburgh celebrates his 95th birthday, a truly remarkable milestone.
It would seem that whilst the Queen’s 90th birthday is celebrated throughout the nation, Prince Philip’s 95th birthday has been forgotten in comparison.
Why we shouldn’t forget about Philip…
The Duke of Edinburgh is the longest-serving consort in British history and the oldest-ever male member of the British Royal family.
Did you know he worked with the Royal Mint?
In 1952, The Duke of Edinburgh was appointed President of the Royal Mint Advisory Committee. His role included selecting the design of coins, medals and seals for the new reign of Her Majesty the Queen. He worked with the Royal Mint right up to his retirement in 1999 so it’s fair to say that the coins we know and love from years gone by, were specially selected by Prince Philip.
One of the rarest £5 coins
Back in 2011 a UK £5 coin was issued for his 90th birthday. Just 18,730 of these coins were struck in Brilliant uncirculated presentation packs making it one of the rarest £5 coins ever. You can read the full blog here:
The Coins design featured a specially commissioned portrait of Philip by Mark Richards FRBS. The coin shows a close up portrait which aims to emphasise the features of His Royal Highness rather than portraying him as a distant figurehead.
He also featured on this coin… a numismatic first!
In 2007, Her Majesty the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh celebrated their Diamond Wedding Anniversary, a remarkable 60 years of marriage. Due to this massive milestone and a truly proud moment for them both, the Royal Mint issued a £5 coin. Designed by Emma Noble, the reverse beautifully depicts the Rose Window at Westminster Abbey. This highly sought after coin is the only UK coin to feature the conjoined portrait of the Queen and Prince Philip.
So Happy 95th Birthday Prince Philip and many happy returns.
Click here to own one of just 95 that have been released in honour of Prince Philip’s 95th Birthday.