Prince Charles strikes gold coin to mark Duke of Edinburgh's retirement from public duties

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Prince Charles has struck a commemorative coin to mark the Duke of Edinburgh’s retirement from public duties.

One side of the £5 coin bears the image of Prince Philip and the phrase “Non sibi sed patriae” – Latin for “not for self, but country”, while the other features an image of The Queen.

Charles struck the coin during a visit to the Royal Mint’s factory and visitor centre in Llantrisant in Rhondda Cynon Taf, Wales.

He pressed a gold button before examining the coin, which will be made in silver and gold. Philip has personally approved the design.


The commemorative coin (PA)

Gordon Summers, chief engraver for the Royal Mint, said: “The image of the Duke of Edinburgh was taken from a prize medal from the 1970s.

“We are already working on a coin for Prince Charles’ 70th birthday, and I showed him the design for it.

“He asked what references we had used. We had a photography session with him about a year ago.

“We did not alter the image of his father, so his father looks younger than him on the coins.

“He did say ‘my father got to choose a younger portrait’.”

Mr Summers said the coins were created using a combination of state-of-the-art and traditional technologies.

During the visit, Charles toured the factory and £9m visitor centre, speaking to staff including apprentices and graduates.

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