The five-pound coin features the William and Kate – and sells for 10 pounds

By Stephen M. Silverman
Updated March 04, 2011 11:50 AM
The Royal Mint

Its face value is five British pounds sterling – about U.S. $8.12 – but collectors are going to be more interested in Prince William and Kate Middleton‘s faces.

Unveiled Thursday, this latest special issue coin from the Royal Mint – which has marked royal occasions since 1935’s Silver Jubilee of George V – features the work of Mark Richards, a fellow of the Royal Society of British Sculptors. The design was approved by the bride- and groom-to-be before it was sent to George Osbourne, the Chancellor, for his green light.

The ultimate official okay came from William’s grandma, Queen Elizabeth II, whose portrait appears on the flip side.

The coin will sell for nearly 10 pounds, or, roughly, $16, to commemorate the April 29 wedding.

And though all the interested parties may have chimed in with their approval, the likenesses on the coin were not universally praised. Sniped the British tabloid the Daily Mail, Middleton “looks somewhat toothy, while her 28-year-old fiancé has more hair on his head than has been suggested by recent photographs.” Ouch.

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