The Royal Canadian Mint honours the Royal Wedding

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May 5, 2011 – Royal watchers and collectors can purchase an elegant $20 pure silver coin featuring an eye-catching sapphire-colored crystal enhancement symbolizing the world-renowned 18-carat sapphire engagement ring, which Prince William presented to his fiancée last October. A colored 25-cent nickel-plated steel coin vividly depicting a photograph of the happy couple is also ready to order.

The Royal Canadian Mint was honored to host His Excellency the Right Honorable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada to unveil two beautifully designed collector coins honoring the wedding of HRH Prince William and Miss Catherine Middleton.

Canada – $20 – Prince William and Miss Catherine Middleton, Queen Elizabeth II (reverse) – 999 silver – 31.39 g – 38 mm – proof – Laurie McGaw (reverse), Susanna Blunt (obverse) – Mintage: 25,000.

Inserted beneath their romantic portrait is a CRYSTALLIZED™-Swarovski Elements sapphire-colored crystal reminiscent of the 18-carat sapphire and diamond engagement ring presented by Prince William to his fiancée and which had once belonged to his mother Diana, Princess of Wales. This eye-catching technological feature is a trademark innovation of the Royal Canadian Mint. This coin also features edge-engraving bearing the following inscription honoring the happy couple: HRH Prince William & Miss Catherine Middleton – SAR le prince William et Mlle Catherine Middleton.

Canada – 25c – nickel plated steel – 12.61 g – 35 mm – specimen (with coloured design on the reverse) – Susanna Blunt (obverse) – Mintage: while supplies last.

The 25-cent colored coin honoring the wedding of HRH Prince William and Miss Catherine Middleton is a vibrant addition to collectors and royal watchers looking for an exciting, quality keepsake of this historic occasion. This 35 mm diameter nickel plated steel coin features a brilliantly colored photo reproduction of the happy couple over a fine “paper line” texture typical of a specimen coin finish. The image is based on a photograph of the happy couple attending the 2008 wedding of friend Chiara Hunt in Salzburg, Austria. The obverse of this coin also features the effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II by Canadian portrait artist Susanna Blunt in 2003.

For more information visit the site of the Royal Canadian Mint.

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