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Royal wedding: how to buy the Prince Harry and Meghan Markle £5 coin

Royal Mint releases a new coin depicting a loving and informal portrait of the couple

The Royal Mint has released an official £5 coin to mark the upcoming wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.

The coin, which has been approved by the couple, features a “relaxed and informal” portrait of the pair “gazing lovingly into one another’s eyes”, reports The Daily Telegraph.

Created by Jody Clark – the Royal Mint coin designer behind the 2015 coinage portrait of  the Queen – the new wedding coin goes on sale today on the Royal Mint website

“Following the announcement of their engagement, The Royal Mint was granted a private sitting with Prince Harry and Meghan at Kensington Palace,” said a statement from The Royal Mint. The coin highlights the “easy familiarity and connection between the royal duo”, it added.

The artists involved in the coin’s design were invited to Kensington Palace for a special photoshoot to help them capture the couple’s likeness, according to the Telegraph. 

The uncirculated version of the coin is available to pre-order for £13. A silver proof coin is also on sale for £82.50; a silver piedfort coin costs £155; and the gold proof version will set you back £1,980.

Royal Mint chief executive Anne Jessopp said: “It has been an honour for The Royal Mint to work closely with Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to create the authentic Royal Wedding coin celebrating this most British of celebrations.

“I have been in post... for just a couple of months, and already the Royal Mint has celebrated the birth of His Royal Highness Prince Louis of Cambridge, and now a Royal Wedding, so it’s a very exciting year... in terms of royal moments.”

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