the Duke of Edinburgh had approved the design before his death, Treasury said, and the coin is now being launched to mark Armed Forces Day on Saturday.
It bears the inscription: “HRH the Prince Philippe, Duke of Edinburgh 1921-2021. “
The piece follows a collection of new stamps published by the Royal Mail earlier in June, with black and white designs showing the Duke at different stages of his life.
Chancellor Rishi Sunak, who unveiled the coin, said it was a fitting tribute to a man “who has moved and inspired so many around the world with his decades of service to both the nation and to her majesty the queen ”.
He continued, “I am proud to unveil the coin on Armed Forces Day, given his distinguished naval career and unwavering dedication to our monarch and royal duties, and it is fitting that he and the Queen are portrayed together. on both sides of it. “
The Duke’s coin is minted by the Royal Mint – for which he served as chairman of its advisory board for 47 years – and is available on its website, as well as at UK post offices and special dealers in the Commonwealth and around the world, the Treasury said.
The Royal Mint will also donate £ 50,000 to the Duke of Edinburgh Award.
Artist Ian Rank-Broadley was personally approved to create the design by The Duke in 2008. It is legal tender but was intended as a limited edition collector’s item or gift and will not enter general circulation, said the Treasury.
Royal Mint Managing Director Anne Jessopp said: “Since the Duke of Edinburgh passed away in April, many have said he has led a life well lived.
“He was the longest-serving husband in British history, and patron or chairman of over 750 organizations, including the Royal Mint Advisory Board.
“The Royal Mint has marked important royal events for centuries and is honored to unveil an original new coin that celebrates the life and legacy of a remarkable man.
“It seems fitting that this coin – which was personally endorsed by the Prince – also supports the work of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Awards.
“The awards have benefited millions of young people since their inception in 1956, and are perhaps Prince Philip’s greatest legacy. ”