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New £5 Coin Celebrates Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's Engagement

Author: Lawrence Chard - Director and Expert Numismatist

Published: 23 Oct 2017

Last Updated: 20 Aug 2019

When we heard the announcement of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's engagement, our first thought was whether there would be a new coin to mark the occasion.

Will There Be A Coin To Mark The Engagement Of Prince Harry And Meghan Markle?

Yes… and no. Only days after announcing the Royal engagement, The Royal Mint announced that they would release a £5 coin to celebrate the event, the only downside is that the coin has nothing to do with the actual engagement. 

The mint have repackaged an existing coin, the 2017 House of Windsor £5 crown, and reissued it in a special packaging which features images of Harry and Meghan. 

2017 Royal Engagement House of Windsor £5 Crown

Whilst the packaging celebrates a ‘Windsor Engagement’, the coin itself was issued to mark the 100th Anniversary since the Royal Family adopted the name, ‘Windsor’. 

Will The Prince Harry Engagement Coin Be A Rare Coin?

The coin itself will not be rare as it was released with unlimited mintage earlier in 2017 and was included in the 2017 Annual Coin Sets

There will however only be 5,000 of the coins issued in the Royal Engagement packaging, so whilst the coin is not rare, the coin in the packaging could very well become a collectors' piece. 

Will There Be Any Other Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Coins?

We're sure that the coin engravers at the RM are busy working on a new design to celebrate the royal wedding next May of the world's most eligible man to the stunning American actress. 

Although Prince Harry is probably more popular than his brother, Prince William, who has also been overshadowed by his own children, Harry is now fifth in line to the throne and the focus will be on the wedding rather than the engagement.  

We can only hope that any coins featuring the couple avoid the mistake of showing their teeth, as it's well-documented that portraits that include images of teeth do not transfer very well onto coins.

2011 Royal Wedding £5 Crown Celebrating the Wedding of Prince William and Catherine Middleton

No doubt the Channel Islands and Commonwealth countries will issue coins to commemorate the event, but we haven't heard anything yet. It will be interesting to see if the US Mint decide to celebrate the wedding of the well-known American actress to the British prince; an embodiment of the American dream.

A number of coins were issued to mark Prince William's engagement to Catherine Middleton and Prince Harry was also featured on previous coins, celebrating his milestone birthdays. 

The Royal Engagement

Prince Harry popped the question to Meghan when cooking roast chicken in his cottage, within the grounds of Kensington Palace. The ring features 3 diamonds, 2 of which once belonged to Harry's late mother, Princess Diana, the other was sourced from Botswana, which is where the young couple first fell in love. 

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle

Prince Harry is probably more popular than his brother, who has also been overshadowed by his own children. No doubt the Royal Family are happy to see Prince Harry put his party-days in the past and settle down with Meghan.

Harry is now fifth in line to the throne and the focus will be on the wedding rather than the engagement. 

The wedding date is set for Saturday, 26th May, and the ceremony will take place at St George's Chapel in Windsor Castle. It is rumoured that the couple will become the Duke and Duchess of Sussex. Prince George will be 5 in 2018 and will be the perfect age for a pageboy, Princess Charlotte would make the sweetest flower girl. Will the world's focus be on the royal couple or Prince George and Princess Charlotte?

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