For the first time since the reign of Queen Victoria, the queen and three future monarchs are honored together on official United Kingdom coinage.
Queen Elizabeth II, her son Prince Charles of Wales, her grandson Prince William, and her great-grandson Prince George are represented together in the design used on seven new issues from the Royal Mint: Proof gold £5, £10 and £25 coins; a Proof silver £5 coin, piedfort £5 coin and a £10 coin; and a Brilliant Uncirculated copper-nickel £5 coin.
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Designed by calligrapher and heraldic artist Timothy Noad, the common commemorative reverse features oak branches, inspired by the Royal Badge of the House of Windsor, along with the initials of the first member of each generation.
“I started with several ideas, including a set of each of the royals in profile, but decided to go for the approach of overlapping initials to convey a sense of family,” Noad said. "Prince George won’t have his own coat of arms or coronet until he’s 18, so I needed to find something that would represent all four generations equally. The final design is drawn as a six-inch round and I had to make sure that the details translated to the small surface of the coin, so I also used a photocopier to scale down and check how it would work on the coin."
Jody Clark’s effigy of Queen Elizabeth II appears on the obverse of each of the coins.
The Brilliant Uncirculated copper-nickel £5 coin weighs 28.28 grams, measures 38.61 millimeters, has an unlimited mintage limit and retails for £13 from the Royal Mint.