Today is Prince Philip’s 98th birthday, an extraordinary milestone by all accounts, and so we’ve taken a look back at some of the coins issued to commemorate key moments throughout his life.
Born in Corfu in 1921, he is actually the oldest living great-grandchild of Queen Victoria. Prince Philip was born into the Greek royal family but his family was exiled from Greece when he was a child.
In 1939 he began corresponding with Princess Elizabeth, and after World War II he was granted permission by the King to marry her.
Prince Philip’s life of royal service began at the Queen’s accession in 1952 and he has since become the longest-serving consort in British history and the oldest-ever male member of the British Royal family.
2007 Diamond Jubilee £5
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 new £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.
2011 90th Birthday of Prince Philip £50
In 2011 a UK £5 coin was issued by The Royal Mint in celebration of the 90th birthday of Prince Philip.
The coin’s design features a specially commissioned portrait of Philip by Mark Richards FRBS.
Excitingly, 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.
2017 Prince Philip 70 Years of Service £5
In 2017, The Royal Mint released a brand new UK coin paying tribute to Prince Philip and his 70 years of service.
On 4th May 2017, Buckingham Palace announced that Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh would be retiring from public duty. This marked an incredible 70 years of service to the Queen, the United Kingdom, British Isles and the Commonwealth.
As well as a Base Metal coin, a very limited number of Silver Proof coins were made available, with just 3,000 coins being struck. Unsurprisingly, this coin was quick to sell out at The Royal Mint and with their distributors.
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.
Secure the 2017 Prince Philip 70 Years of Service £5 coin
Whilst the Silver Proof version of this coin was quick to sell out, you still have the opportunity to get your hands on the Base Metal £5 coin in CERTIFIED BU quality.
On the 22nd of July 2013, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge welcomed their first child, Prince George into the world. As third in line to the throne, the Prince has grown up in the limelight, warming hearts of people the world over and being adored during Royal Tours with his parents.
Now, as the 22nd of July 2018 approaches, the nation looks to celebrate the fifth birthday of the much loved Prince with a commemorative £5 coin issued by The Royal Mint.
This brand new coin design was revealed at the start of the year and has now been officially released to mark HRH Prince George’s fifth birthday in July.
This modern interpretation of a traditional design by esteemed mint designer, Jody Clark portrays an image of Saint George slaying the mythical dragon with a spear.
Saint George is known as the patron saint of England, upholding the ideals of honour, bravery and gallantry. The legend of George and the Dragon dates back to the 7th century or earlier, symbolising the victory of good over evil.
This is the first time that Saint George and the Dragon has been depicted on a base metal coin in over 60 years, a key feature for collectors.
It seems fitting that this traditional depiction should be used to represent our young Prince as he reaches this milestone in his early life, taking on the responsibility of being a big brother to his two younger siblings and tackling the trials of starting education, all alongside his Royal duties and representing the country of course.
Commemoratives marking Prince George’s fifth birthday are sure to be in high demand and £5 coins are reserved for the most important Royal and historical anniversaries, making this coin the perfect way to celebrate this special Royal Birthday.
As our future King, any coin issued to celebrate Prince George will be highly sought after, especially amongst Royalty collectors who won’t want any gaps in their collection.
Secure the 2018 Prince George’s 5th birthday £5 coin today!
Your Prince George’s 5th birthday £5 coin is struck to a superior Brilliant Uncirculated quality, and is protectively encapsulated.