04 May 2011
The Royal Mint has created 40 22 carat gold 'kilo' coins featuring a traditional portrait of Prince William and Miss Catherine Middleton. ...
The Royal Mint has created a unique piece of Royal Wedding history like no other. Forty 22 carat gold 'kilo'* coins, featuring a traditional portrait of Prince William and Miss Catherine Middleton, have been struck at its site in Llantrisant, South Wales.
Made from a kilogram of solid gold and selling for £40,000, it is the first time in the Royal Mint's 1,000 year history that kilo coins have been made to celebrate a Royal Wedding day. Making them among the most expensive, rare and exclusive items to commemorate the Royal Wedding.
Each kilo coin is 10cm in diameter, nearly four and a half times the size of a standard £1 coin. Produced individually and finished by hand, the Alderney coins have a face value of £1,000, which is five hundred times greater than the highest value coin in circulation - the £2 coin.
In addition, 200 pure silver kilo coins have also been produced. With a face value of £50 and selling for £1,650, the silver kilos also have a diameter of 10cm.
Gordon Summers, the Royal Mint engraver behind the design, said: "It's a huge honour to be the designer of a coin commemorating the Royal Wedding, especially a limited edition kilo. I wanted to capture the couple in a formal portrait, seen side by side, with William in the foreground of the design. Because of the coin's dimensions, I had the freedom to create an intricate backdrop. Portraying Westminster Abbey's famous Rose window, the magnificent venue for the big day, was an instinctive choice."
The kilos will be available on a first come, first served basis, from the Royal Mint website.
• Each coin contains one full kilogram of gold (35.27 ounces) but weighs a total of 1096g because although the coin needs other metals to complete the alloy. Each silver coin contains a full kilogram of silver and weighs 1000g as it contains just silver.