Platinum Wedding Coin Collection
The Royal Mint Commemorative Coins Celebrate an Historic Royal Occasion
In October 2017, the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh celebrated their platinum wedding anniversary. The Royal Mint has marked the event with £5 and £20, each with the classic design one has come to enjoy with the mint's coins.
The coins are available in gold Proof, fine silver and silver Proof editions, including a double thick Piedfort coin, and a Brilliant Uncirculated coin. As a double salute to the royal marriage, the Queen and Duke appear together on the coins. On one side of the coin, the couple appear in a double profile portrait, whilst the reverse shows them on horseback with the words "wedded love has joined them in happiness 1947-2017".
In another nod to the significance of the event, The Royal Mint has issued a 20-for-20 coin - that is, you pay the face value of the £20 coin. These limited edition presentations are much sought after by Royal Mint fans and coin collectors, and are sold out fast. For the platinum wedding, the Royal Mint has issued released a £20 fine silver coin finished to Brilliant Uncirculated standard.
A Royal Love Story
The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh married at Westmimster Abbey in 1947 with 2,000 guests attending. They are the first British royal couple of celebrate 70 years of marriage - an anniversary far out of reach of any of Henry VIII's marriages.
The service was broadcast live on the radio to 200,000,000 listeners, and was a welcome distraction from the post-war austerity in Britain.