The official £5 coins commemorating the upcoming marriage of Prince William and Kate Middleton rolled off the presses at the Royal Mint late last week (17th March).
The design, which was approved by the couple, the Chancellor and the Queen, shows the soon-to-be newlyweds in profile facing each other, with the Queen’s image on the reverse.
The Royal Mint – based in Llantrisant – said it was expecting to sell more than 250,000 coins worldwide, as anticipation mounts over the royal wedding next month.
The new coin, designed by Mark Richards, is only the second produced by the Royal Mint to mark a royal wedding – the first being a 20p piece in honour of the Prince of Wales’ wedding to Lady Diana Spencer in 1981.
Last year, the Royal Mint produced its first coin to mark a royal engagement but it drew criticism from some who claimed the likeness of Miss Middleton was “unflattering”.
The new £5 coins officially became UK legal tender after being presented at a meeting of the Privy Council.
But despite the coins being sought-after, experts predict they will not vastly exceed their £5 face value – unlike the precious metal versions which come in silver, gold and platinum.