The Treasury of the Falklands Islands Government have authorized the striking of a commemorative coin to mark the wedding of Prince William of Wales to his fiancee Miss Catherine Middleton on the 29th April 2011.
The coin is minted by the Pobjoy Mint and carries a face value of One Crown (25 pence). The reverse of the coin shows conjoined portraits of the royal couple looking to the left along with the text “PRINCE WILLIAM & CATHERINE MIDDLETON WEDDING 29 APRIL 2011” and the coin’s value which is placed below the portraits. The obverse of the coin carries a head and shoulders variation portrait of Queen Elizabeth II by Ian Rank-Broadley along with the year of the coin’s issue, 2011.
The coin will be issued in sterling silver with a weight of 28.2 grams and a diameter of 38.6 mm. A pure gold version is also available with a weight of ½ gram and a diameter of 11 mm. Both coins are struck to proof quality and are limited to 10,000 pieces each.
The Administration of the British Indian Ocean Territory have authorized the striking of a two pound (£2) commemorative coin to mark the upcoming Royal Wedding. As such, they are the first overseas territory to release a coin to celebrate the marriage of HRH Prince William of Wales and Miss Catherine Middleton.
Struck at the Pobjoy Mint in the UK, the design was approved by both Clarence House and Buckingham Palace. The coin carries sculpted images in profile of royal couple facing to the left along with the legend “PRINCE WILLIAM AND CATHERINE MIDDLETON WEDDING 29 APRIL 2011”. The obverse of the coin carries the more formal head and shoulders effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II by Ian Rank- Broadley FRBS FSNAD along with the legend “ELIZABETH II 2011 BRITISH INDIAN OCEAN TERRITORY”.
The coin will be struck as both a cupro-nickel and silver issue. The sterling silver (.925) coin will be issued in proof quality with a weight of 28.2 grams with a diameter of 38.6 mm. The mintage of the silver coin is limited to 10,000 pieces.
The British Indian Ocean Territory is an Overseas Territory governed by the United Kingdom. The first coin issued under the British Indian Ocean Territory Coin Ordinance 2008 depicts the Coat of Arms of the Territory which was formally granted in 1990 on the 25th Anniversary of the Territory’s Establishment.
For more information on these and other coins offered by the Pobjoy Mint, please visit their website at: www.pobjoy.com.