The coin is the first time Prince Williamwho is second in line to the throne will appear alone on any official coin minted by the Royal coin.
So what does the coin look like and how do you get one?
Here’s what you need to know.
How old is Prince William and when was he born?
Prince William was born on June 21, 1982, which means he is 39 years old now but will turn 40 this summer.
Why was the coin released?
The £5 coin was issued to commemorate Prince William’s 40th birthday, which takes place on June 21st.
As well as the £5 coin, the Royal Mint have also created a limited edition 5oz gold coin which is not currently available but will be released ahead of the Duke’s birthday.
The last time Prince William appeared on a £5 coin from the Royal Mint was with his wife Kate Middleton to celebrate their wedding in 2011.
What does the coin look like?
Designed by designer and engraver Thomas T. Docherty, the coin features a portrait of Prince William.
It also has the number 40 and Prince William’s royal cipher, his initial W.
The image of Queen Elizabeth II, designed by Jody Clark, is embossed on the reverse side of the coin.
There will also be an inscription around the edge: “HRH The Duke of Cambridge”.
How do I get a coin?
What did the designer say about the coin?
The coin’s designer, Thomas T. Docherty, said the “dynamic portrait” was created using new digital technology.
He said: “The design strikes a balance between the fresh energy of His Royal Highness as a young father and the ceremonial nature of his royal position.
“A three-quarter angle of the portrait creates a more dynamic portrait than a traditional side profile.
“I used certain clay sculpting techniques on a digital platform to achieve the style required for the design, effectively translating from two to three dimensions.
“Through the use of technology, we can now produce designs and sculptures more efficiently than when I started my career 17 years ago.
“It takes a great deal of skill and craftsmanship to shape designs – the tools are different, but the principles remain the same.”
What did the Royal Mint say about the coin?
The Royal Mint said they created the coin to celebrate Prince William’s grace.
Clare Maclennan, Director of Commemorative Coins at the Royal Mint, said: “The elegant design features a portrait of HRH alongside his royal cipher and the number 40, paying 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.
“To mark this very special occasion, we also minted a limited edition gold coin from 5 ounces of fine gold and struck it in high relief to highlight the artistry of the design.
“Our limited edition bullion coins combine fine craftsmanship and rarity, making them an attractive keepsake for collectors and investors.”
Who is Prince William’s wife and who are his children?
In April 2011, Prince William married Kate Middleton, whom he met in September 2001 while studying at the University of St Andrews in Scotland.
Together they became the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.
The couple have two children, Prince George of Cambridge (8), Princess Charlotte of Cambridge (7) and Prince Louis of Cambridge (4).
Can the coin be used as legal tender?
Commemorative coins should be kept as souvenirs.
British silver coins, produced in denominations of £5, £20, £50 and £100, are legal tender according to the Royal Mint, but as they were designed as limited edition collectibles or gifts they will not enter general circulation brought.
Therefore UK shops and banks are unlikely to accept them if you try to use them in a translation.
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