Today, the Royal Mint has released the official design for the commemorative coin which will be issued to celebrate the wedding of His Royal Highness Prince William of Wales to Miss Catherine Middleton. The wedding is scheduled for the 29th April and will be held in Westminster Abbey in London.
The coin’s design, which was officially approved by both the Queen and the royal couple-to-be, is the work of Sculptor Mark Richards FRBS and shows them in profile, facing each other with Prince William on the right side and Miss Middleton on the left. The portraits show a relaxed couple smiling with a porthole type of design surrounding their images. The text of the coin reads “WILLIAM AND CATHERINE” above their profiles with the date of their wedding “29 APRIL 2011” underneath.
The obverse of the coin will have the current circulation portrait of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II by Sculptor Ian Rank-Broadley along with the coin’s face value of five pounds.
The coin will be struck in both sterling silver and cupro nickel (uncirculated) with the silver issue being struck in proof quality. The silver issue weighs 28.2 grams with a diameter of 38.6 mm. There will also be a gold plated silver proof version, a 22 carat gold proof version and, a platinum version of this greatly anticipated coin celebrating a royal event.
A previous coin was issued to celebrate the Royal Engagement of Price William and Catherine Middleton.
The Royal Mint will take pre-orders for the Royal Wedding Commemorative Coin from today and are guaranteeing delivery before the actual wedding date. For more information, please visit the website of the Royal Mint at: http://www.royalmint.com/engagement/wedding_products.aspx