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  • The Duke of Cambridge’s 40th birthday will be marked with a £5 coin made by The Royal Mint
  • The coin, designed by a Royal Mint designer and engraver, features a portrait of His Royal Highness 
  • It is the first time The Duke has featured alone on official UK coin struck by The Royal Mint

The Royal Mint is celebrating The Duke of Cambridge’s 40th birthday with a commemorative £5 coin, featuring a portrait of His Royal Highness. The £5 coin has been unveiled ahead of The Duke’s milestone celebration next month, with a regal design which pays homage to the senior member of the Royal family, and second in line to the throne.

Designed by Thomas T. Docherty, designer and engraver at The Royal Mint, the coin features Prince William’s portrait, depicted at a three-quarter angle to present a dynamic quality, and set amid his Royal Cypher and the number ‘40’ to reflect the stature and maturity of the future King.

Available in a range of base and precious metals finishes, the commemorative design has been struck on the opposite side of his grandmother’s effigy, the fifth definitive portrait of Her Majesty The Queen by Jody Clark. On the £5 coin struck in silver and gold, the edge inscription: ‘HRH THE DUKE OF CAMBRIDGE’ complements the theme with an original numismatic feature.

The new range also includes a limited-edition two-coin set featuring a quarter ounce gold celebration coin and a 1982 Sovereign, marking the year the Prince was born. The collection will also include a limited-edition coin made of 5oz of fine gold and minted to the highest quality to mark the special occasion. Combining traditional craftsmanship and innovative laser technology, the high relief finish gives the portrait an enhanced three-dimensional appearance.

The original maker of coins has been trusted to tell the story of monarchs for centuries and the new release is the first UK coin featuring an individual portrait of HRH available at The Royal Mint.

Clare Maclennan, Director of Commemorative Coin at The Royal Mint, said: “As the trusted maker of coins for the monarchs, we are celebrating His Royal Highness The Duke of Cambridge’s landmark 40th Birthday with a commemorative coin fit for a future King. The elegant design features a portrait of HRH alongside his Royal Cypher and the number ‘40’, which pays homage to the maturity and grace of the Prince who has become a senior member of the Royal Family, a devoted husband and a loving father of three, through the eyes of the world. Marking this extra special occasion, we have also struck a limited-edition gold coin made with 5oz of fine gold and struck in high relief to elevate the artistry of the design. Our limited-edition precious metal coins combine fine craftsmanship and rarity, making them an attractive keepsake for collectors and investors.”

Speaking of the design, Royal Mint designer Thomas T. Docherty said:

“The design strikes a balance between the fresh energy of His Royal Highness being a young dad with the ceremonial nature of his Royal position. A three-quarter angle of the portrait creates a more dynamic portrait rather than a traditional side-on profile. I used certain clay sculpting techniques on a digital platform to achieve the style needed for the design, to translate effectively from two to three dimensions. Using technology, we can now produce designs and sculptures with better efficiency compared to when I began my career 17 years ago. There’s a high level of skills and craftsmanship needed to sculpt designs – the tools are different but the principles remain the same.”

The project has been a labour of love for the 40-year-old father-of-two from Glasgow who moved to South Wales to study at Cardiff Metropolitan University twenty years ago. The experienced coin designer joined The Royal Mint in 2005 and his works include the 2008 £2 coin commemorating the centenary of the 1908 London Olympics, the Remembrance Day 2016 Alderney £5 coin and the 2018 Bicentenary of Mary Shelly's Frankenstein £2 coin.

Thomas added: “Even though our lives are a million miles apart, I understand how it feels to have just turned 40 and to have a young family of my own, so I wanted to ensure I captured His Royal Highness accurately at this stage in his life. I am incredibly proud to have designed and sculpted this coin, it will forever stand as a major achievement and highlight in my career.”

The HRH The Duke of Cambridge range is available from today at The Royal Mint.

Coins specifications:

Coin title

The 40th Birthday of HRH The Duke of Cambridge 2022 UK £5 Gold Proof Coin

The 40th Birthday of HRH The Duke of Cambridge 2022 UK £5 Silver Proof Piedfort Coin

The 40th Birthday of HRH The Duke of Cambridge 2022 UK £5 Silver Proof Coin

The 40th Birthday of HRH The Duke of Cambridge 2022 UK £5 Brilliant Uncirculated Coin

Denomination

£5

£5

£5

£5

Issuing Authority

UK

UK

UK

UK

Alloy

916.7 Au

925 Ag

925 Ag

Cupro-nickel

Weight

39.94g

56.56g

28.28g

28.28g

Diameter

38.61mm

38.61mm

38.61mm

38.61mm

Obverse Designer

Jody Clark

Jody Clark

Jody Clark

Jody Clark

Reverse Designer

Thomas T. Docherty

Thomas T. Docherty

Thomas T. Docherty

Thomas T. Docherty

Quality

Proof

Proof

Proof

Brilliant Uncirculated

Additional Features

Edge inscription HRH THE DUKE OF CAMBRIDGE

Edge inscription HRH THE DUKE OF CAMBRIDGE

Edge inscription HRH THE DUKE OF CAMBRIDGE

N/A

Maximum Coin Mintage

310

1,510

3,760

Unlimited

RRP

£2,725.00

£172.50

£92.50

£13.00

 

Limited-edition Gold Proof Coins specifications: Coin title

The 40th Birthday of HRH The Duke of Cambridge 2022 UK 5oz Gold Proof Coin

The 40th Birthday of HRH The Duke of Cambridge 2022 UK 2oz Gold Proof Coin

The 40th Birthday of HRH The Duke of Cambridge 2022 UK 1/4oz Gold Proof Coin

Denomination

£500

£200

£25

Issuing Authority

UK

UK

UK

Alloy

999.9 Au

999.9 Au

999.9 Au

Weight

156.30g

62.42g

7.80g

Diameter

50.00mm

40.00mm

22.00mm

Obverse Designer

Jody Clark

Jody Clark

Jody Clark

Reverse Designer

Thomas T. Docherty

Thomas T. Docherty

Thomas T. Docherty

Quality

Proof

Proof

Proof

Maximum Coin Mintage

46

106

610

RRP

£11,950.00

£4,775.00

£670.00

 

Historic Coin Set:

Coin title

The 40th Birthday of HRH The Duke of Cambridge - 1982 Sovereign & 2022 UK 1/4 oz Gold Coin Set

Denomination

Sovereign

£25

Issuing Authority

UK

UK

Alloy

916.7 Au

999.9 Au

Weight

7.98g

7.80g

Diameter

22.05mm

22.00mm

Obverse Designer

Arnold Machin

Jody Clark

Reverse Designer

Benedetto Pistrucci

Thomas T. Docherty

Quality

Uncirculated

Proof

LEP

100

100

RRP

£1,300.00

 

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