Born on 21 June 1982, just a week after British forces had successfully concluded the Falklands War, and thus at the height of a patriotic fervour in the UK, William Arthur Philip Louis was the first child of Prince Charles and Princess Diana. He immediately became, and remains, the second in line to the British throne. He was educated to university standard, earning a Masters in geography, and then went on to the world-renowned Royal Military Academy Sandhurst.
William served with the Blues and Royals, and in 2008, graduated from Royal Air Force College Cranwell, from where he joined RAF Search and Rescue. In 2015, he joined East Anglian Air Ambulance as a helicopter pilot. In 2011, he married Catherine Middleton, and the couple have three children. He is patron of over 30 charities and military organisations, and founded the United for Wildlife initiative in 2014, to combat illegal wildlife trade. He remains a popular and relatively uncontroversial figure.
The new coin is the latest in a seemingly endless run of royal coins from the Royal Mint (clue’s in the name, I guess!), but we have to say, this one exhibits a decent likeness of the man. There’ve been some poor likenesses of William and Catherine on coins over the last couple of decades, but Thomas Docherty has done an excellent job, in our view. It looks to be based on an official photograph, but the transition to coin form has been handled well.
At its core, this is a £5 range, and there are 1 oz 22 kt gold, sterling silver (1 oz and 2 oz piedfort), and even a base-metal coin all with the same diameter and denomination. In addition, there are a trio of 0.9999 gold versions, of 1/4 oz, 2 oz, and 5 oz weights, all with varying diameters and denominations.
The three precious metal £5 variants have ‘HRH THE DUKE OF CAMBRIDGE’ engraved on the edge. There is also a limited two-coin set, which consists of the smallest gold coin, alongside a 1982 uncirculated gold Sovereign. This £1,300 set is limited to 100 units, and like the rest of the range, is available to order from later today. We bet there won’t be a Prince Harry coin, because Meghan would insist on replacing the Queen’s effigy with hers…