RCM releases Royal Visit coin

Published : 07/09/11
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Two months after their wedding, and the day before arriving in Canada for their first royal tour as a married couple, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are celebrated on a new collector coin from the Royal Canadian Mint.

On June 29, one day before Prince William of Wales and Catherine Middleton were set to arrive in Ottawa, Ontario, for a nine-day tour, the RCM began selling a Proof .9167 fine gold $200 coin featuring the couple.

The coin is ostensibly issued to mark the wedding, but the timing and the RCM’s website suggest the RCM is playing off the publicity surrounding the royal visit, which includes stops in four provinces and one territory and a naturalization ceremony on July 1, Canada Day.

The reverse of the $200 coin, which features a white Swarovski crystal, bears a portrait of the bride and groom with maple leaves and a stylized Tudor rose in a design by Laurie McGaw.

The coin has been approved by Clarence House (representing the Duke of Cambridge) and Buckingham Palace (representing Queen Elizabeth II).

It features the same design issued on a Proof .9999 fine silver $20 coin issued earlier this year for the wedding. The silver coin, with a mintage limit of 25,000 pieces, has sold out.

Susanna Blunt’s effigy of Queen Elizabeth II appears on the obverse.

The gold $200 coin weighs 16 grams and measures 29 millimeters in diameter. It has a mintage limit of 2,000 pieces and retails for $1,199.95 Canadian.

Though on sale now, the gold coin will not be delivered until July 21 at the earliest, according to the RCM.

Collectors should check with the United States distributors for the RCM to check on future availability for the gold coins. Gatewest Coin Ltd., Brian Jenner Inc. and Talisman Coins are all official distributors for the RCM and sell RCM coins at fixed prices in U.S. dollars.

To contact Gatewest inside the United States, telephone the firm at (204) 489-9112 or visit it online at www.gatewestcoin.com.

Write to Jenner at P.O. Box 2466-a, Pasco, WA 99302 or telephone him at (509) 735-2172.

Visit Talisman at its website at www.talismancoins.com, telephone the company at (888) 552-2646 or fax the business at (314) 968-3801. ■

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