The Royal Australian Mint have unveiled (12th April) the latest commemorative coin to mark the Royal Wedding of Britain’s Prince William and Miss Catherine Middleton on the 29th April.
The coin, part of a two piece set, shows the soon-to-be-wedded couple in a partial frontal pose looking toward the right and smiling broadly. Miss Middleton appears to the left of Prince William, and a single rose is set within a circle just under the couple. This portion of the coin has a selective gold application. The legend “HRH PRINCE WILLIAM – MISS CATHERINE MIDDLETON” is positioned below the portions. The 50 cents denomination of the coin can be seen just above Miss Middleton’s portrait. The reverse design is the work of artist Vladimir Gottswald.
The obverse of the coin carries the portrait of HM Queen Elizabeth II, sculpted by Ian Rank-Broadley, along with the year of issue 2011. This portrait is presently used on all circulation and commemorative coinage.
The coin will be available in uncirculated quality minted in cupro-nickel and proof strikes which will be minted in .999 fine silver. The silver coin weighs 18.2 grams with a diameter of 31.5 mm. The total mintage for the silver example is limited to 10,000 pieces.
The first coin in this two piece set, issued to mark the engagement of the couple was issued last month and carried the year 2010, the year of the actual engagement.
For more information on this latest issue and the engagement coin, please visit the retail website of the Royal Australian Mint at: http://mintissue.ramint.gov.au/mintissue/product.asp?code=210057