Canada unveils collector coins commemorating royal wedding

11:09, April 07, 2011      

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Photo taken on April 6, 2011 shows the collector coins honoring the wedding of Britain's Prince William and Miss Catherine Middleton at the Royal Canadian Mint in Ottawa, Canada. Canada's Governor General David Johnston unveiled here on Wednesday two collector coins honoring the wedding of Britain's Prince William and Miss Catherine Middleton. The colored 25-cent nickel plated steel coin depicts a photograph of the happy couple, and the 20-Canadian dollar pure silver coin features a sapphire-colored crystal enhancement symbolizing the 18-carat sapphire engagement ring which Prince William presented to his fiancée last October. (Xinhua/Christopher Pike)

The Royal Canadian Mint unveiled two collector coins on Wednesday honoring the wedding of Britain's Prince William and Miss Catherine Middleton, with Governor General David Johnston attending the ceremony.

"The beautifully designed collector coins created by the Mint will give Canadians, royal watchers and collectors everywhere exceptional keepsakes by which to remember this historic event," said Ian E. Bennett, president and CEO of the Royal Canadian Mint.

The colored 25-cent nickel plated steel coin depicts a photograph of the happy couple, and the 20-Canadian dollar pure silver coin features a sapphire-colored crystal enhancement symbolizing the 18-carat sapphire engagement ring which Prince William presented to his fiancee last October.

On the reverse side of the silver coin displays an engraving of the newly engaged couple, designed by Canadian artist and coin designer Laurie McGaw of Guelph, Ontario. And the "face" side of this coin features the effigy of Prince William's grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II, created by Canadian portrait artist Susanna Blunt in 2003.

The two coins go on sale on the same day of the ceremony, with retail prices of 104.95 Canadian dollars (about 109.28 US dollars) and 25.95 Canadian dollars for the 20-dollar and 25-cent coins respectively. And the 20-dollar silver coin is limited to 25,000 worldwide.

The royal nuptial is scheduled on April 29, and the couple plan to pay an official visit to Canada this summer as their first official visit after their wedding. ( 1 U.S. dollar = 0.9604 Canadian dollars)

Source: Xinhua

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