A private minter has been a prolific issuer of commemorative coins
marking the April 29 royal wedding of Prince William to Catherine Middleton.
The Pobjoy Mint, in Surrey, England, will issue 15 coins featuring
seven different designs, for six issuing authorities from around the
world, to commemorate the event.
Recent announcements confirm plans by the Pobjoy Mint for four
coins from Ascension Islands and another two for the British Virgin
Islands; already reported are two coins for the British Indian Ocean
Territory and three coins for the Falkland Islands (Coin
World, April 25 and March 21 issues, respectively).
Coin World has also confirmed that Pobjoy Mint plans to
issue two coins for the Isle of Man and two coins for the nation of
South Georgia and Sandwich Islands.
All of the designs have been approved by the Clarence House
(representing Prince William) and Buckingham Palace (representing
Queen Elizabeth II).
The obverse of each coin depicts the Ian Rank-Broadley effigy of
Queen Elizabeth II.
All of the designs are available in both Uncirculated
copper-nickel and Proof .925 silver versions, with the Falkland
Islands coin also offered in a gold version.
The Pobjoy Mint on April 7 announced it was issuing four new £2
coins for Ascension Island.
The coins feature one of two designs. One design shows Westminster
Abbey, where the wedding ceremony is scheduled to take place, and a
cameo portrait of the couple, along with two little wedding bells.
The second coin design entwines the initials c and w and shows two
doves flying in between them.
At the base of the design, a ribbon carrying two wedding bells is
woven between the letters with the wedding date also shown.
British Virgin Islands
On April 14, the Pobjoy Mint announced two coins for the British
The design on the British Virgin Islands coins features a portrait
of the couple taken during the press conference at St. James’ Palace
on the day of the engagement announcement.
It shows Middleton displaying her engagement ring, which is the
same ring that Prince Charles used in proposing to Diana, Princess of
Wales (William’s mother).
The copper-nickel version is denominated $1 and the silver version
is denominated $10.
Yet to be announced are coins for the Isle of Man, and South
Georgia and South Sandwich Islands.
The 1-crown coin for the Isle of Man shows Prince William and
Catherine Middleton in a scene captured when they made an appearance
at a friend’s wedding just prior to announcing their own engagement.
The £2 coin from South Georgia and South Sandwich Islands carries
Prince William’s coat of arms, which was given him on his 18th
birthday in June 2000.
The design is derived from the coat of arms of Queen Elizabeth II.
It additionally features sea shells taken from the Spencer coat of
arms, used by Diana’s family, to distinguish Prince William’s coat of
arms from those of his father, Prince Charles, and his brother, Prince
Harry, according to the Pobjoy Mint.
Each of the coins weighs 28.28 grams and measures 38.6 millimeters
All of the copper-nickel coins described here have unlimited
mintages and cost $15, while the silver versions described here are
each limited to a mintage of 10,000 pieces and priced at $84.
For more information or to order the coins, telephone the Pobjoy
Mint at (877) 476-2569 or visit its website, www.pobjoy.com. ■