A Royal Mint committee composed of experts in history, design, heraldry and art chose the design of the Prince William-Catherine Middleton wedding coins. The design was created by Mark Richards, who is regarded as one of the UK’s finest portrait sculptors. In 2008, Richards created full figure portraits of The Queen and Prince Philip for the Royal Enclosure at Ascot Racecourse. The sculptor has indicated that “My aim in portrait sculpture is to present a sensitive and immediate likeness within a balanced and elegant composition. Success entails unlocking the essence of my subject. I think [the wedding coin] has captured the sense of friendship, the sense of spontaneity, I've gone for very informal portraits, the idea that you've just caught them in the middle of something."
The Proof Sterling Silver (38.61mm, 28.28 gm., .925 fine) coin is housed in a classic white leatherette box with a Certificate of Authenticity, limited to 50,000 worldwide.