Prince George to have birthday marked with new coin

Prince George is to have his first birthday officially marked with a new limited edition coin.

George will become the first royal to be given the honour on his first birthday when he turns one on July 22.

The £5 coin has been approved by Prince William and his wife Kate. The Queen and Chancellor George Osborne also had to give their approval.

The coin has the markings of the royal arms each in a shield as well as rose, thistle, leek, a sprig of shamrock and a crown – and the year 2014.

Prince George has proved to be a popular addition to the royal family amongst monarchists since his birth last year. He was popular on Kate and William’s tour down under earlier this year.

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.”

The coin will be produced in a limited mintage of 7,500 and will cost £80 each.

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