If you’ve got a cool £40,000 ($66,900) in spare cash then you might want to consider spending it on the Royal Wedding Gold Kilo Coin that has been issued by the Royal Mint to celebrate the Royal Wedding of Prince William to Kate Middleton. The Royal Mint of the United Kingdom is the body permitted to manufacture, or mint, coins in the United Kingdom.
Made from a kilogram (35.27 ounces) of solid gold, it is the first time in the Royal Mint’s 1,000 year history that kilo coins have been made to celebrate a Royal Wedding day. The commemorative has a face value of £1,000. Each kilo coin is 10 centimetres (3.937 inches) in diameter, nearly four and a half times the size of a standard £1 coin. Since other metals are used to complete the alloy, the coin’s actual weight is 1.096 kilograms (38.66 ounces). A side by side portrait of Prince William and Miss Catherine Middleton is featured on the gold piece, with Prince William in the foreground. Behind them is an image portraying the Westminster Abbey;s famous Rose window. Inscriptions include THE WEDDING OF PRINCE WILLIAM AND CHATHERINE MIDDLETON, 29TH APRIL 2011.
Each commemorative comes in a special presentation case with a numbered Certificate of Authenticity personally signed by the artist, Gordon Summers. It’s a huge honour to be the designer of a coin commemorating the Royal Wedding, especially a limited edition kilo. I wanted to capture the couple in a formal portrait, seen side by side, with William in the foreground of the design, stated Summers.
Only 40 of the 22 carat gold kg coins, featuring a traditional portrait of Prince William and Miss Catherine Middleton, have been struck. Kevin Clancy, Director of the Royal Mint Museum said: A kilo coin is extremely rare and unlike any other coin created by the Royal Mint due to its size and weight, which are governed by law. Only very special events are therefore commemorated with a coin of this size.
In addition to the gold kilo, the Royal Mint is also striking limited edition pure silver kilo coins. They will have a face value of £50 and will sell for £1,650. Each silver coin contains a full kilogram of fine silver and also has a diameter of 10 centimeters. The Royal Mint has set their maximum mintage at 200. Visit The Royal Mint for further information.