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Commemorative coin for Royal Engagement

A The Royal Mint yesterday revealed details of a special commemorative coin to mark the occasion of Prince William and Kate Middleton's engagement - the design of which has attracted some criticism concerning the accurate representation of the young couple.

The first ever struck to mark a royal engagement, the Alderney coin has a denomination of £5 and comes in its own presentation folder.

Just 50,000 of the new Alderney coins will be available in the special presentation folders, and just 100,000 will ever be minted.

The cupro-nickel coin, which costs £9.99, will be struck to a Brilliant Uncirculated quality, a higher specification than circulation coins.

Rarer still, will be the sterling silver version, £55.50, of which just 15,000 will be made, while just 1,000 will be struck in 22-carat gold, each retailing at £1,550.



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