Britain’s Royal Mint has released designs for the nine coins it is issuing to celebrate the christening of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s first child, George Alexander Louis.
In addition, the Pobjoy Mint has released a design in the same theme, to be offered on two coins for the British Virgin Islands.
The christening of the baby Prince George of Cambridge is scheduled for Oct. 23, at the Chapel Royal at St. James’ Palace. The christening will be performed by the Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Reverend Justin Welby.
Prince George will be christened in a replica of the intricate lace and satin christening gown made for Queen Victoria’s eldest daughter in 1841, according to the Pobjoy Mint.
Royal Mint designs
The Royal Mint’s program marks the first time that new coins of the United Kingdom have been produced to mark the christening of a member of the royal family.
The program is capitalizing on this “first” status with an extensive range of options, ranging from a Brilliant Uncirculated copper-nickel version £5 coin to kilogram-sized silver £500 and gold £1,000 coins.
All coins feature a reverse design by John Bergdahl paired with the Ian Rank-Broadley effigy of Queen Elizabeth II on the obverse.
Approved by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Queen Elizabeth II and the chancellor of the exchequer, the coins feature the lily baptismal font that plays an important role in royal christenings. Many elements of the coin design are taken from the sculptural elements of this font.
On the reverse, swags of lilies ornament the inscription, which is flanked by two harp-playing cherubs to balance the design perfectly. The motto at the foot of the coin is the traditional dieu et mon droit or “God and my right,” the motto of Prince George’s great grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II.