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Canada 2011 Royal Wedding - Prince William of Wales & Catherine Kate Middleton $200 Gold Proof with Colorless Diamond Swarovski Crystal GX

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Celebrate a fairytale wedding for the 21st century with this stunning gold proof, which includes a genuine colorless diamond Swarovski Crystal that replicates the diamonds on Princess Diana's 18 carat engagement ring gem!
 
Sold out at the Mint!On April 29, 2011, His Royal Highness (HRH) Prince William of Wales, grandson of Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom, married commoner Catherine "Kate" Middleton at Westminster Abbey. Celebrate the royal nuptials with this truly stunning gold proof, which combines traditional portraiture with a colorless diamond Swarovski Crystal! The Royal Wedding $20 Pure Silver Proof sold out at the Mint extremely quickly! This $200 Gold Proof has a total mintage of only 2,000, and the Mint has imposed a limit of only 3 per customer, so quick action is advised if you wish to secure this stunning coin for your collection or investment portfolio!

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His Royal Highness, Prince William of Wales of the House of Windsor, in an official engagement photograph with his fiancee, Kate Middleton.Mintage NoteThis $200 Gold Proof has a total mintage of only 2,000, and is the first $200 gold proof ever issued by Canada with an embedded Swarovski crystal in it. The mintage limit is about 2/3 that of the 2011 Annual $200 Gold Proof (S.S. Beaver Steamship Shipping Trade). First come, first served!

A Dual Commemoration!

From June 30 through July 8, 2011, Canada welcomes Their Royal Highnesses, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, as they embark on their very first overseas tour as a married couple. Since this sojourn will be among the most-watched Royal trips ever, this $200 Gold Proof is more than a lasting memory of the Royal Wedding - it's a piece of history in the making!

Beautiful and Loaded with Symbolism
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In combining the beauty and simplicity of a single Swarovski Crystal with its award-winning engraving, the Royal Canadian Mint has produced a marriage made in heaven - and a unique collectible! The portrait of the newlyweds by artist Laurie McGaw depicts William and Kate gazing lovingly into each others' eyes. They are flanked by a Tudor or English rose or primrose, for England, and a sprig of maple leaves, for Canada. (Note the hidden heart formed by the stems of the two maple leafs!) Another unique feature is the edge lettering, which reads HRH PRINCE WILLIAM & MISS CATHERINE MIDDLETON.

The colorless diamond Swarovski crystal recalls the diamond halo that surrounds the huge, 18 carat sapphire on the engagement ring William gave to Kate, the same ring Prince Charles had given to Princess Diana! It also hints at one of the stops on the royal couple's visit - Yellowknife, the capital of the Northwest Territories, known as the "Diamond Capital of the North" because of all the diamonds mined there. Please see the articles below for more information about the royal engagement and weddingPrince William of Wales, and Swarovski Crystals.

This is an official Royal Wedding commemorative coin, officially approved by Clarence House (His Royal Highness HRH Prince William of Wales) and Buckingham Palace (Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II). Canada is the largest nation in the British Commonwealth.

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Other Coins celebrating the Royal Family are also available!

   
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    Click here for the Centenary of Commonwealth Coinage program!

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Artist Laurie McGaw with her Original Coin Design!
Artist Laurie McGaw displays her original coin design for the Royal Wedding $20 Silver Proof with Sapphire Blue Swarovski Crystal from the Royal Canadian Mint, and holds one of the earliest strikes of her coin!

The Royal Couple
Side View showing the Edge LetteringHRH Prince William of Wales and Miss Catherine Middleton became engaged during a trip to Kenya in October 2010. Prince William carried the engagement ring - a stunning, 18-carat sapphire surrounded by fourteen diamonds. which had previously belonged to Diana, Princess of Wales - with him in anticipation of popping the question. Prince William asked Catherine to marry him in a manner she later said was "very romantic, and...very personal." Clarence House announced the engagement to the world on November 16, 2010.

The bride and groom first met in 2001 while studying at the University of St Andrews in Scotland. During the course of their four years at St Andrews, the pair grew increasingly closer, and by the time they graduated, in 2005, it was well-known they were a couple. Observers have long speculated the two would marry, and although the engagement came as no surprise, it has elated many as it promises to be the most highly anticipated royal wedding of recent memory.

On 29 April 2011, millions (if not billions!) of people across Britain, the Commonwealth, and the world will celebrate this exciting moment together with the newlyweds.

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His Royal Highness, Prince William of Wales, in a photographic bust portrait.Prince William of Wales
Prince William of Wales KG FRS is the elder son of Charles, Prince of Wales, and Diana, Princess of Wales, and grandson of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. He is second in the line of succession, behind his father, to the thrones of the sixteen independent states of the British Commonwealth, although he is resident in and most directly involved with the United Kingdom, the oldest of these realms. His younger brother, Prince Harry, is third in line to the throne.

Prince William was born on June 21, 1982 and baptized Prince William Arthur Philip Louis. After attending Mrs. Mynors, Wetherby, and Ludgrove Schools, he started at Eton College in September 1996. William visited Chile, Belize, and Africa before resuming his studies at St. Andrews University in Fife, Scotland. Upon graduation from St. Andrews, William entered the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst.

In December 2006, he was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the Household Cavalry (Blues and Royals). In 2008, Queen Elizabeth appointed him Royal Knight Companion of the Most Noble Order of the Garter. In 2009, the Prince transferred to the Royal Air Force, was promoted to flight lieutenant and underwent helicopter flying training with the aim of becoming a full time pilot with the Search and Rescue Force. As of Autumn 2010, he has completed his generic and special-to-type helicopter training and is now at RAF Valley on No. 22 Squadron performing co-pilot duties on the Sea King search and rescue helicopter.

As second in line to the throne, Prince William attends a number of important royal ceremonies such as the Trooping of the Color and Remembrance Day at the Cenotaph. In 2005, he represented Queen Elizabeth II at ceremonies commemorating the end of the 60th anniversary of the Second World War in New Zealand.

On 16 November 2010 it was announced that Prince William and his long-term girlfriend Kate Middleton are to marry. The wedding will be held at 11am on 29 April 2011 in Westminster Abbey, London. The engagement ring given to Middleton was the 18 carat sapphire engagement ring of Diana, Princess of Wales. Prince Harry will serve as William's best man.

Prince William is an active philanthropist and athlete who regularly joins his brother to play in polo matches through which money is raised for various charities.

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Investment Notes
This is the first-ever Canadian $200 Gold Proof with an embedded Swarovski Crystal gemstone in it! More to the point, the mintage limit of only 2,000 is low by any standards ($200 Gold Proof numbers or any other). A quick sell out is expected.

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Canada 2011 Royal Wedding Gold Proof with Crystal GemstoneObverse
William and Kate gazing lovingly into each others' eyes. They are flanked by a Tudor or English rose or primrose, for England, and a sprig of maple leaves, for Canada. The colorless diamond Swarovski crystal replicates halo of diamonds surrounding the monstrous, 18-karat sapphire on the engagement ring William gave to Kate, the same ring Prince Charles had given to Princess Diana. The date and denomination are both indicated.

Reverse

A cameo proof portrait of Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II of England, in profile facing right. This portrait, the fourth effigy of the queen to appear on Canadian coinage, was executed by the artist Susanna Blunt. The legend ELIZABETH II D. G. REGINA ("Elizabeth II, Queen by the Grace of God") and mint mark also appear.

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Packaging
The coin is encapsulated inside a burgundy leatherette, clamshell-style presentation case, lined with black velvet and protected by full color outer sleeve. An individually-numbered certificate of authenticity is included.

SpecificationsThe official engagement photo of His Royal Highness HRH William Prince of Wales and Miss Catherine Kate Middleton, in which she prominently displays the 18 carat sapphire surrounded by diamonds engagement ring once given by Prince Charles to Princess Diana.
Country Canada
Year of Issue 2011
   
Face Value 200 Dollars
Weight 16.00 g
Diameter 29 mm
Mintage Limit    2,000
   
Finish Proof with Swarovski Crystal
Composition .9167 Fine (22-Karat) Gold
alloyed with .0833 Fine Silver
Edge Reeded (milled, serrated)
   
Artist Laurie McGaw
Certificate Individually Numbered

 

Swarovski Crystal
SWAROVSKI CRYSTALS Swarovski is the luxury brand name for the range of precision-cut crystal glass products produced by the privately-owned company Swarovski AG of Feldmeilen, Austria (near Zürich, Switzerland). Swarovski crystal was born when a Bohemian, Daniel Swarovski, invented an automatic cutting machine in 1892. In 1895 the Swarovski company was founded when he established a crystal cutting factory in Wattens (near Innsbruck, Tyrol, Austria). Here he could take advantage of local hydroelectricity for the energy-intensive grinding processes he had patented.

Swarovski crystal contains approximately 32% lead to maximize refraction. The Swarovski Crystal firm produces a wide range range of products, but is world-renowned for the incredible quality and brilliance of its crystal jewelry.

In order to create a crystal that allows light to refract in a rainbow spectrum, Swarovski coats some of its crystals with special metallic chemical coatings. For example, Aurora Borealis, or "AB", is one of the most popular coatings, and gives the surface a rainbow oil slick appearance. Recent developments include the 2004 release of a new, patented cut, Xilion, designed to optimize the brilliance of roses (crystal components with flat backs) and chatons (diamond-cut crystals).

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