Much of the world is rapt by the upcoming royal wedding between Britain’s Prince Harry and American actress Meghan Markle.
Early reviews of the soon-to-be royal couple’s commemorative coin, however, have been far less enthusiastic.
Everybody’s a Critic
Miss Markle and her betrothed Prince Harry will hold their much-anticipated marriage ceremony in about two weeks, on May 19th.
Any royal wedding is bound to generate a great deal of excitement both inside and outside the U.K. Just as widespread media attention is standard fare for a royal wedding, so too is public outcry over new commemorative coin designs—but the drama over this official coin has taken on a life of its own.
The scrutiny over the new commemorative coin issued by the Royal Mint is perhaps only rivaled by speculation about the list of eminences and celebrities who have been invited to the event.
Some users on Twitter and other social media channels have lauded the new coin. Many more have offered deeply unfavorable appraisals of the coin’s design, lampooning it as “cartoonish” or criticizing it for looking nothing like the couple. (You can judge for yourself below.)
A sampling of these negative reactions was compiled by the International Business Times.
It follows similar public condemnation of the coins issued for the House of Windsor’s last royal wedding uniting Prince William and Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge. Coins commemorating the birth of William and Kate’s children were much more well-received.
No Small Price to Pay
The coin, which is limited to a maximum mintage of just 1,000 pieces, carries a £5 denomination and is struck from 22-karat gold (.917 fine gold). Only 850 of the coins will come with a special presentation case.
Other dissatisfied observers have instead called the coin overpriced. The Royal Mint is listing it for sale at approximately $2,700 (£1,980).
The same design will also be issued—at much more affordable prices—in cupronickel (a copper-nickel alloy) and .925 fine sterling silver. The silver coin will be limited to a mintage of 16,000, with no more than 15,000 accompanied by the presentation box. Another version struck in sterling silver will be a Piedfort, a special double-thick coin (from the French piéfort). It has a maximum mintage of 2,018 coins.
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