To celebrate the union of Prince William with Miss Kate Middleton, the Royal Mint of the UK has announced a special limited edition 1 kilo gold coin. Pre-orders are now being accepted for this commemorative Alderney Royal Wedding £1000 Gold Kilo coin (thats about 2.2lb for the Yanks). Its not the first coin that the mint has announced for this occasion. The Royal mint has already come out with commemorative coins, though they are certainly not of the 1 kilo gold coin variety.
The previous one kilo gold coin had been announced for honoring the beautification of the late Pope, John Paul II.
The Alderney Royal Wedding Gold Coin has a price tag of £40,000 (almost $60,000) but it could be said to be priceless once they are sold out since only 40 such coins shall ever be minted. Needless to say, in the coming years the value of these will only appreciate.
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 CATHERINE MIDDLETON, 29TH APRIL 2011’. The coin has a face value of £1,000.
Each commemorative comes in a special presentation case with a numbered Certificate of Authenticity personally signed by the artist, Gordon Summers. The unique gold kilo coin, struck at the facility in Llantrisant, South Wales, is one of the official Royal Wedding coins approved by the Royal Household and the Government.
The solid 22 carat gold coin measures 10 centimeters in diameter (3.937 inches), which is nearly four and a half times the size of a standard £1 coin, and contains one full kilogram of gold (35.27 ounces). Since other metals are used to complete the alloy, the coin’s actual weight is 1.096 kilograms (38.66 ounces).
Those who prefer silver can also have their choice since the mint is also producing limited editions of 1 kilo silver coins which will have a face value of £50 and will sell for £1,650. Only 200 of these coins will be produced.