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Monaco

Monaco Royal Wedding commemorative coins sell out in less than 24 hours

Prince Albert and Princess Charlene of Monaco
Palais Princier de Monaco Facebook Still/ Fair Use

Prince Albert and Princess Charlene’s 10th wedding anniversary was marked in 2021. The couple married in a civil ceremony on the 1st of July 2011 and on a religious ceremony the following day. 

Despite spending the occasion on two separate continents (Princess Charlene has been in South Africa since the spring with a severe ENT infection that prevents her ears from pressurising correctly, making her unable to fly), the Princely Palace in Monaco has celebrated the occasion by releasing a 10-part video recollection of the weddings, including some behind the scenes footage.  Now the Principality itself has decided to mint coins to commemorate the important occasion. 

A total of 15,000 coins were minted by the Museums of Stamps and Coins, featuring the profiles of the couple and the inscriptions “Monaco” on the top and “2011 Mariage Princier 2021” ( Princely Marriage 2021). 

The coins had a face value of 2 euros each and were sold for 120 euro each. 

The general population welcomed the sale, because all 15,000 coins were sold and, towards the end of the day, the website of the Museums of Stamps and Coins experienced some issues, so they were forced to limit access to the website, which, in turn, created virtual queues of up to one hour. 

The coins were put up for sale on the morning of Wednesday, the 6th of October 2021, and, by evening, all of them had been sold – an impressive record, considering Monaco has a population of only about 39,000 people.

Both Prince Albert and Princess Charlene have expressed their disappointment at not being able to spend such a special day together, with Princess Charlene telling a South African radio host “It is the first time we are spending our wedding anniversary apart”. 

Her Serene Highness has been in South Africa since mid-May, and is expected to make her way home in October.