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Gold coins of this nature often sell for thousands online after their official release, becoming attractive relics of British history, the older they become. 

Clare Maclennan, director of commemorative coins at the Royal Mint, said: ‘The elegant design features a portrait of HRH alongside his royal cypher and the number 40, which pays 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.’

The gold proof coin 

Royal Mint via PA

Speaking of the coin’s design, Docherty said: ‘The design strikes a balance between the fresh energy of His Royal Highness being a young dad with the ceremonial nature of his royal position… Using technology, we can now produce designs and sculptures with better efficiency compared to when I began my career 17 years ago. There’s a high level of skills and craftsmanship needed to sculpt designs – the tools are different, but the principles remain the same.’