The Royal Australian Mint has just announced the release of its commemorative programme for the Royal Wedding. And collectors of precious metal need not be disappointed; the main issue comprises a two-coin set of 50c pieces struck in Silver, with selective Gold Plating. The first part of the issue is a coin retrospectively to commemorate the Royal Engagement and will be dated 2010 to mark the engagement date in November that year.
The second part of the issue, to mark the Royal Wedding, will be available at the end of April. Though no design has as of yet been released, it will also feature an exclusive design and will be dated 2011. With a mintage of just 10,000, demand is likely to outstrip supply.
Commemorative releases from the Royal Australian Mint have a strong sell-out history; the Royal Wedding Anniversary coin in 2007 had sales of approximately 60,000 coins whereas the Melbourne Cup two coin set sold out of its edition limit of 5,000 in just two weeks.
On the other side of the world, as we have reported previously, the Royal Canadian Mint is intending to release its own Royal Wedding issues. The mint has recently confirmed that its premier release will comprise a fine Silver $20 coin with a design exclusive to the mint.
In addition, the Silver coin will have an edition limit of just 25,000; extremely low for a Royal Wedding issue sure to be in high demand from the Canadian populace and the world at large. Though the design is still under embargo, we will endeavour to release further information about the coin as we receive it.