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Flipping lovely: Prince William to get his own birthday coin

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The Duke of Cambridge’s 40th birthday will be celebrated with a 5 pounds sterling coin featuring his portrait.

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The Royal Mint, UK’s official coin producer, has unveiled the coin ahead of William’s milestone birthday on June 21.

It is the first time the duke, who is second in line to the throne, will appear alone on an official coin struck by the Royal Mint.

The coin, created by designer and engraver Thomas T Docherty, features his portrait set amid his royal cypher – his initial W – and the number 40.

Queen Elizabeth II’s image, designed by Jody Clark, will be struck on the other side of the coin.

There will also be an inscription on the edge reading: “HRH The Duke of Cambridge”.

Alongside the new coin, a limited edition two-coin set will be released, featuring a 0.25 ounce gold celebration coin and a 1982 sovereign coin – the year the duke was born.

The collection will also include a limited edition coin made of 5 ounce of fine gold quality to mark the special occasion, with laser technology creating a “high relief finish”, giving William’s portrait an enhanced 3D appearance.

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