Celebrating a life of service

Prince Philip Retirement

His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh retired from public engagements in the summer of 2017 at the age of 96. Beginning with service in the navy in 1939, through his steadfast support of Her Majesty The Queen as the longest serving consort and his leadership of hundreds of charities, Prince Philip’s record of service and achievement is unlikely to be equalled. As he reflects on nearly 80 years of service, this is also a significant moment for The Royal Mint, as The Duke of Edinburgh served as President of The Royal Mint Advisory Committee from 1952 until 1999.

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Royal Appointment: President of The Royal Mint Advisory Committee 1952–1999

The Duke of Edinburgh’s record of service includes a long association with The Royal Mint. He served as President of The Royal Mint Advisory Committee (RMAC) for 47 years, between 1952 and 1999. Every United Kingdom coin and medal struck by The Royal Mint over this time, including his portrait at the centre of the new £5 coin design, was assessed and approved by the committee he chaired.

“We were, indeed, very lucky to have his services, given the important matters that came before the Committee during his time as President. At the start he was actively involved in the preparation of the full range of coins, medals and seals required for The Queen’s reign, even going to the trouble of visiting the winning portrait sculptor Mary Gillick in her studio.

This was followed in the 1960s by the time-consuming development of designs for the new decimal coinage. Subsequent years saw a succession of commemorative coins, of new circulating coins like the £1 and 20 pence, and changing portraits of The Queen, where we had the benefit of knowing that as the portraits took shape Prince Philip was aware of the views of The Queen. Medals remained a special interest and I think he particularly enjoyed seeing the Conspicuous Gallantry Cross work its way through the Committee.”

Graham Dyer OBE, Secretary of The Royal Mint Advisory Committee 1976–2003

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