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Royal Mint releases special edition coins for Royal Wedding

The Royal Mint is celebrating Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s upcoming wedding with commemorative coins. The pair will wed later this month on 19 May at St George’s Chapel.

“As the nation prepares to welcome Meghan into the fold, claiming her as one of our own, The Royal Mint is excited to release this special commemorative coin,” the Royal Mint’s official website reads.

Buyers can choose between a £5 Silver Proof Coin, a £5 Gold Proof Coin, a £5 Silver Piedfort Coin and can pre-order a £5 Brilliant Uncirculated Coin.

The gold proof coin is limited to 850 editions and sells for £1,980.00; the silver proof coin is limited to 15,000 editions and sells for £82.50; while the silver piedfort coin is limited to 2,018 editions and sells for £155.00. All coins have been approved by Buckingham Palace.

All designs are based on a portrait taken at Kensington Palace during a sitting with Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, which “captures the obvious warmth between the couple; a modern design that befits a modern romance.”

The coin designer, the website notes, wanted to “eschew convention for something warmer and more contemporary.” On the front, a portrait of Harry and Meghan, and on the back, a portrait of The Queen.

The silver proof coin is struck in 925 sterling silver, the silver piedfort coin is double-weighted, and the gold proof coin is 22-carat gold.

A fourth coin, a regular £5 coin, is available for pre-order at £13.

“A seemingly ordinary night in took an unexpected turn when His Royal Highness Prince Henry of Wales got down on one knee, ring in hand, with a special question to ask,” reads the description page for the gold proof coin. “Shocked and delighted, Meghan didn’t let him finish, accepting his proposal immediately. Now, as the couple are about to take their vows at St George’s Chapel in Windsor…The Royal Mint is delighted to release this special commemorative £5 coin.”

The coins can be purchased here.

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Jess is a communications professional and freelance writer who lives in Halifax and has a passion for all things royal, with an emphasis on the British, Danish, and Swedish Royal Families.