Armed Forces Day 2021

New £5 Coin Commemorates The Duke of Edinburgh's Life

The coin has been launched on Armed Forces Day, in recognition of Prince Philip's distinguished naval career.

A new special edition £5 coin commemorating the Duke of Edinburgh's life has been unveiled by the Chancellor.

Rishi Sunak says it is a fitting tribute that the coin is launched on Armed Forces Day, in recognition of Prince Philip's "distinguished naval career".

The coin's design features an original portrait of the Duke, which he approved before his death in April this year, the Treasury said.

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."

The design was personally approved by the Duke of Edinburgh in 2008 (Picture: Royal Mint).

The Treasury said the coin will be struck by the Royal Mint, who will make a £50,000 donation to the Duke of Edinburgh's Award to support its community work in the UK and internationally.

The Duke of Edinburgh spent 47 years serving as the president of the Royal Mint Advisory Committee.

The design, drawn by artist Ian Rank-Broadley, was personally approved by the Duke in 2008 and the coin bears the inscription "HRH The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh 1921-2021".

The coin is legal tender, but is designed as a limited-edition collectable or gift and will not enter general circulation, the Treasury said.

Cover image: The Silver Proof commemorative coin on site at The Royal Mint in Llantrisant, UK (Picture: Royal Mint).