Britain’s Prince George’s birthday coin
Britain’s Prince George’s second birthday will be celebrated with a new coin.
The eldest child of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, William and Catherine, will turn two next Wednesday (22.07.15) with the Royal Mint releasing a limited edition sterling silver £5 coin to mark the occasion.
The coin – which has been struck especially for the event – features the legend of St George and the dragon re-imagined by artist Christopher Le Brun while the flip side of the item shows a portrait of The Queen by Jody Clark.
Although the coin will only be worth £5, royal fans will have to pay £80 if they want to get their hands on one of the 7,500 which will be available.
Shane Bissett, director of commemorative coin and bullion at the Royal Mint said: “The choice of the St George design to honour Prince George’s birthday is an apt one – the name George has long had links with the British monarchy and its coinage, there having been six kings of that name during the Royal Mint’s 1,000 year history.
“The choice of a silver £5 coin is significant too as the tradition of crossing the palm of a new born baby with silver is a way to wish them wealth and good health throughout their life.”
The 23-month-old toddler’s birth, christening and first birthday have been marked with similar commemorative coins, with another recently being unveiled to celebrate the christening of George’s sister, Princess Charlotte.