Coins carry with them much historical significance, and since 1968 the Royal Mint have produced a wealth of coins that have celebrated some of the most iconic moments in British history, including Royal weddings.
The Royal Mint only yesterday, unveiled their production of a £5 coin to commemorate Prince Harry's and Meghan Markle's wedding. It will be the first time Ms Markle will feature on a UK coin by the Royal Mint.
Harry and the American star sat for the portraits used on the Royal Mint souvenir and are depicted “looking lovingly into each other’s eyes”.
It is Ms Markle’s first appearance on a UK coin by the Royal Mint.
The Royal Mint revealed: “Following the announcement of their engagement, the Royal Mint was granted a private sitting with Prince Harry and Meghan at Kensington Palace.
“The setting of their meeting was relaxed and informal, which is reflected in the portrait of the couple.The pair can be seen looking lovingly into each other’s eyes and highlights the easy familiarity and connection between the royal duo.”
Harry and former Suits actress Ms Markle will wed on May 19 in the grand surrounds of St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle, after getting engaged following a 16-month whirlwind romance.
The coin design was crafted by Jody Clark, who created the current effigy of the Queen in 2015.
Anne Jessopp, the Royal Mint’s chief executive, said: “It has been an honour for the Royal Mint to work closely with Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to create the authentic royal wedding coin celebrating this most British of celebrations.”
The £5 coin, which can be purchased from www.royalmint.com, is available in brilliant uncirculated form costing £13, a silver proof for £82.50 and gold proof for £1,980.
The last time Harry featured on a Royal Mint coin was in 2005 to mark his 21st birthday.
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Written by Abbie Coombes.