Prince George's first birthday to be celebrated with £5 coin
The Royal Mint has released a commemorative coin for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's son
What do you give the baby that has everything for his first birthday? Apparently, a £5 coin.
The Royal Mint has released the commemorative coin to celebrate Prince George turning one - but don’t be fooled, the sterling silver piece will actually set you back £80.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s son is the first member of the Royal family to have his first birthday marked with the production of a new UK coin.
William and Kate, along with George's great-grandmother the Queen and Chancellor George Osborne approved the design, which bears the heraldic royal arms and the year 2014.
Third in line to the throne and future king George turns one on 22 July.
Shane Bissett, director of commemorative coin and bullion at the Royal Mint, said: “As Prince George of Cambridge reaches the significant milestone of turning one year old, we felt there could be no more fitting design to mark the first birthday of our future king than the royal arms - the arms of the monarch - minted in honour of the future heir to the throne.
”The choice of a silver coin is significant too as the precious metal is closely associated with newborn babies, as crossing the palm of a newborn baby with silver is a way to wish them wealth and good health throughout their life, whilst the £5 coin is a favourite for royal celebrations.“
There will be a limited mintage of 7,500 of the birthday coins.
The heraldic royal arms - which incorporates the four quarterings of the royal arms each contained in a shield, as well as a rose, thistle, leek, a sprig of shamrock and a crown - was originally created for the Queen and was last used on a coin struck for the British Exhibition in New York in 1960.
Both George's birth and his christening were marked with commemorative coins.
Additional reporting by Press Association
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