Royal Mint remembers Prince Philip

On April 9, Prince Philip died at the age of 99, with millions of people around the world watching his funeral eight days later.

Due to COVID-19, only 30 members of the royal family could attend the service for Queen Elizabeth II’s husband of 73 years (the longest-serving consort of a reigning British monarch).

Just before his 1947 wedding to the Queen, Philip was created the Duke of Edinburgh by then King George VI, Elizabeth’s father.

Following Philip’s death, Britain’s Royal Mint published a virtual memorial – royalmint.com/prince-philip – honouring the relationship between him and the 1,135-year-old minting operation.

“The Royal Mint had a long and close relationship with the Duke of Edinburgh as he served as president of the Royal Mint Advisory Committee for 47 years between 1952 and 1999,” said Anne Jessopp, the Royal Mint’s chief executive.

During this period, the committee he chaired approved the Coronation Medal, the coins needed for decimalization and four coinage portraits of Queen Elizabeth II, Jessopp added.

In addition to Britain, Philip enjoyed a strong relationship with Canada, where he visited 29 times and was appointed to the Queen’s Privy Council in 1957.

Philip is featured on several Canadian collector coins, including a 2012 $20 silver commemorative issue where he’s shown alongside the Queen as part of a series celebrating her reign’s 60th anniversary.

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