Thought your baby’s Christening gifts were extravagant? Little Prince George is getting a very bespoke pressie courtesy of the Royal Mint…
A limited edition coin has been struck to celebrate the christening of Prince George on 23 October. The £5 coins are legal tender, but as they’re commemorative and cost upwards of £13 (yep, the maths doesn’t quite add up…), we wouldn’t recommend using it to buy that emergency pack of nappies.
The Royal Mint have made different variations of the coin. The most expensive version contains a kilogram of fine gold and costs £50,000, so they’re definitely a collector’s item. Luckily, you can pick up your own bit of history for £13, but you’ll have to spend a little more if you want it to contain silver, platinum or gold.
The £5 coins have been made in silver because the crossing of a baby's palm with silver is said to bring good health and prosperity to newborns, and gold to signify the royal celebration.
On one side, the coin features the Queen’s head, which appears on all British money. On the other side, it has the Lily Font from the Tower of London – which has strong links with royal christenings – two harp-playing cherubs and the royal motto ‘Dieu et mon droit’, which means ‘God and my right’. In the middle, it says, ‘To celebrate the Christening of Prince George of Cambridge 2013’.
The design of the coin had to be signed off by the Queen, Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and the Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne.
This isn’t the first time the little Prince has had coins minted in his honour. The Royal Mint gave away 2,013 silver pennies to babies born on the same day as the Duke and Duchess’ son. You can pre-order the coin here.
Prince George will be christened on 23 October at the Chapel Royal at St James's Palace.
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