The Royal Mint has released new crown coins which are minted in celebration of the wedding of Her Majesty’s third grandson, His Royal Highness, Prince Henry of Wales, to his intended, Meghan Markle. The ceremony takes place on the 19th May. Historic and ornate, the ceremony will be held in St. George’s Chapel in Windsor, a venue which is no stranger to royal weddings, but it has never staged one like this. His Royal Highness Prince Henry of Wales is following his heart to marry his fiancée, the American actress whom he met on an arranged date by mutual friends. The United Kingdom and her people prepare to welcome Meghan Markle and this coin of the realm is one of the first traditions which she will participate in, with her likeness — along with Prince Henry — appearing on the reverse.
Aside from being a grandson of HM Queen Elizabeth II and HRH Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, he is also the son of HRH Charles, Prince of Wales, and the late Diana, Princess of Wales. He was born in London on the 15th September 1984, and was the couple’s second child. He was given the first name of Henry but was nicknamed “Harry” by his mother, which he has been informally known as ever since. The Prince gained a significant amount of attention upon the untimely death of his beloved mother Princess Diana when he bravely walked behind her procession on the day of her funeral. The world has essentially followed every milestone of his life and he has been the subject of intrusive attention in the media from his first days at school to his embarking on a military career. The United Kingdom waited until the day that there would be an announcement of an impending wedding of one of the country’s more favourite members of the royal family and this was finally alleviated on the 12th February. Buckingham Palace announced on behalf of Her Majesty the Queen that her beloved grandson had become engaged to his girlfriend, Meghan Markle, whom he had been dating since late 2016. Markle, a television actress who hails from Los Angeles, embarked on an acting career at a young age — gaining fame for her television role in the series Suits. The couple were introduced to each other by mutual friends and a budding relationship developed between the two.
The very modern royal couple’s wedding takes place on Saturday 19th May at 12:00 noon with his elder brother HRH Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge, as his best man. The ceremony breaks from tradition as royal weddings usually take place on a weekday. The wedding itself will take place at St. George’s Chapel, which is located on the grounds of Windsor Castle, where the dean of Windsor will conduct the service and the archbishop of Canterbury will officiate as the couple exchange their vows. Aside from the 650 attendees, including friends and family, the Royal couple wants to share the day with members of the public. To incorporate this wish, 2,640 members of the public have been invited to the grounds of Windsor Castle. 1,200 of these special invitations will come from nominations from the nine regional lord lieutenants, ensuring that the whole of the United Kingdom is included. This will allow these people to watch the arrival of all the guests, including the bride and groom, and also the carriage procession as it leaves St. George’s Chapel, travels around Windsor Town before returning to the castle via the long walk and a carriage ride through the streets of Windsor to greet well-wishers and onlookers.
Upon her marriage to an immediate member of the royal family, Meghan Markle, who has since officially retired from acting, will become Her Royal Highness, the Princess Henry of Wales. More than likely, she will be elevated and be referred to as a Royal Duchess with a title yet to be announced. This will most likely be known on the actual day of the wedding and will be decided upon by the Queen herself. Markle will also become the first titled American-born member of the British royal house and family.
The reverse design of the crown coins is inspired by an image of the royal couple on the day their engagement was announced. Relaxed and informal, the depiction is the work of Royal Mint engraver Jody Clark, whose portrait of the couple was also created from a private sitting with Prince Harry and Meghan at Kensington Palace. The portraits capture the obvious warmth between the couple.
The obverse includes the fifth effigy of HM Queen Elizabeth II, also created by Jody Clark, and has been used on all British circulation and commemorative coinage since 2015.
|5 pounds||Cupro-nickel||28.2 g||38.6 mm||Brilliant Unc.||To meet demand|
|5 pounds||.925 Silver||28.2 g||38.6 mm||Proof||15,000|
|5 pounds||.925 Silver||56.6 g||38.6 mm||Proof||2,018|
|5 pounds||.9167 Gold||39.94 g||38.6 mm||Proof||8,650|
The Brilliant Uncirculated coins are sealed and presented in a colourful folder with images of the royal couple and details about their life. The gold and silver examples are all encapsulated and presented in custom branded cases with numbered certificates of authenticity. For additional information on these and other coins available from the Royal Mint, please visit their website.