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Ten years on ... some thoughts on the past and future Royals
August 31, 2007

Well, today is the 10th anniversary of the death of Princess Diana.

Prince William and Harry planed to distinct memorials, a very public concert, and today a splendid memorial serice.

Diana has been memorialized on plenty of stamps which use the extensive photo library available. Coinage memorials need to be sculptural, and thru require artistic imput.

Some of those commemorative coins have been successful and dignified. The official 5 pound coin of Great Britain is at right. It is a Royal Mint product. Some have been just unidentifiable, and one is glad that her name is in the legend to identify the portrait. The Liberia 5 dollar coin is below. It is a Pobjoy Mint Product.

She appears on at least one "fantasy" 5 pound banknote producted some years ago. Sadly, I do not know of any formal intraglio portrait engravings. Not even on stamps, as mostly photos are used.

However, the thought I came away with after watching the memorial service today is how tall and handsome the two young princes are, and that one day, banknotes will exist with a nice formal portrait of the future King William.

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About the Author
George Cuhaj has been with the Krause Publications numismatic team since 1994. He is editor of the various editions of the Standard Catalog of World Coins and the Standard Catalog of World Paper Money. Prior to joining KP, Cuhaj was employed by the American Numismatic Society and Stack's Rare Coins, both of New York City. He is a Fellow in both the Royal Numismatic Society and the American Numismatic Society. He also is a life member and past board member of the International Bank Note Society. Cuhaj was elected an Allied Professional Member of the National Sculpture Society and has had his medallic work exhibited internationally.

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