Though the British royal wedding of Prince William and Catherine
Middleton may have received the overwhelming share of media attention,
another royal wedding just held in 2011 is also being honored on coins.
The July 2 ceremony wedding Prince Albert II of Monaco to South
Africa’s Charlene Wittstock, in the courtyard of the Prince’s Palace
in Monaco, is the subject of a new circulating commemorative €2 coin
A portrait of the couple appears in the center of the
ringed-bimetallic coin, with Monaco’s name and the year date. The
designer’s name was unavailable at press time.
The coin’s outer ring depicts the 12 stars of the European Union
flag, standard for the denomination.
A total of 148,000 coins were released into circulation July 2 in
conjunction with the wedding. At press time, prices resulting from
secondary market sales of some of the coins through eBay.com had
reached from around $250 to $300 apiece in U.S. funds.
Vatican City commemorative
In addition to Monaco’s coin, the theme and design for a
circulating commemorative €2 coin for Vatican City has also
recently been confirmed. The coin, due for release in October,
celebrates the 26th World Youth Day.
Inside the center of the coin, young people celebrate with flags.
A legend indicates the number (in Roman numerals) and the name of the
games, Giornata Mondiale della Gioventù (World Youth Day), abbreviated
as g.m.g., below which appears the issuing entity’s name. The date and
the Rome Mint R mint mark also appear on the same side.
The coin has a planned mintage of 115,000 pieces. The designer
name has not been announced.
In other news about circulating commemorative €2 coins, the
Central Bank of Malta on June 24 announced a symposium to launch a
series of five coins featuring milestones in Malta’s constitutional history.
Though the program was announced, appearing in the April 4 issue
of Coin World, themes for the remaining coins in the series
were not then shared publicly.
The first coin in the five-year series marks the election in 1849
of the first Maltese representatives to the Council of Government
advising the British government, which then exerted colonial control
over the tiny island nation.
The other themes for the program include a coin to mark majority
representation, which occurred in 1887 (due for release in 2012), and
a coin marking the 1921 self-governance (planned for 2013). The 2014
coin will celebrate the 50th anniversary of Maltese independence, and
the 2015 coin will celebrate Malta’s status as a republic, which
occurred in 1974.
The Maltese coins were designed by Ganni Bonnici.
The 2011 coin will be available in October.
Release dates and mintage information for several €2 coins planned
by other countries, unknown at the time of previous stories in
Coin World (Feb. 14, March 21 and April 4 issues), have now
The release date for Greece’s coin (which marks the Special
Olympics World Games in Athens) is confirmed for the end of the second
trimester in 2011.
San Marino’s coin, showing painter, writer and architect Vasari,
was released in June.
The projected mintage for Italy’s coin marking the 150th
anniversary of unification was incorrectly reported as 1 million
pieces, but a total of 10 million coins were released in late March.
Finland will release a commemorative coin in October, but the
theme will not be publicly announced until August. ■