The Royal Canadian Mint has unveiled a new silver collectible coin ahead of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s upcoming royal wedding.
With Harry, 33, and 36-year-old Markle’s big day just a week and a half away, the coin in question has now been released, with Harry requesting that the due royalty for producing it be donated to Toronto’s CAMH Foundation (Centre for Addiction and Mental Health).
Harry, who is set to tie the knot with Markle on May 19 at Windsor Castle, regularly campaigns to tackle stigma and change the conversation surrounding mental health, and he visited CAMH last fall. The Royal Canadian Mint hosted the grand coin’s unveiling at the centre on Wednesday.
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The new #RoyalWeddingCoin from the @CanadianMint features three Swarovski crystals, representing the three highly symbolic diamonds in Ms #MeghanMarkle’s engagement ring, as well as an engraved portrait of the #royalcouple inspired by their #engagement portrait. Along the edges of the portrait, maple leaves entwine with roses and the escallop shells of #PrinceHarry’s coat of arms. Visit mint.ca/royalwedding to order.
The coin has been described as “silver and beautifully designed,” in celebration of Markle and Harry’s wedding. The Royal Canadian Mint says in a media release: “[It] is rich in symbolic imagery and features a finely engraved portrait of the couple based on one of their engagement photographs.”
“Designed by artist Joel Kimmel of Westport, Ont., the coin is edged in Canadian maple leaves, English roses and escallop shells from Prince Harry’s coat of arms.”
“Three Swarovski crystals represent Ms. Markle’s three-stone engagement ring: a diamond sourced from Botswana and two side diamonds from the personal collection of the late Diana, Princess of Wales. The reverse side of the coin features an effigy of the Queen by artist Susanna Blunt.”
The latest royal wedding news comes after Kensington Palace revealed that Harry and Markle would be jetting off on their honeymoon, but not straight away.
Palace spokesman Jason Knauf confirmed, “They will have their first engagement as a married couple in the week after the wedding.”