babies get cake for their birthday, but Prince George of Cambridge in
the United Kingdom will receive a coin.
Royal Mint announced June 16 that the prince, the son of the Duke and
Duchess of Cambridge, will be honored with a Proof .925 fine silver £5
coin for the July 22 birthday.
reverse of the coin will show the “seldom-seen” heraldic Royal Arms
design, according to the Royal Mint. The design was originally created
for Prince George’s great-grandmother Queen Elizabeth II.
coin has been approved by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Queen
Elizabeth II and the chancellor of the Exchequer.
design echoes heraldic elements that have been seen on coinage for
more than 300 years, and has only been featured once on coinage since
the queen’s coronation in 1953, on a £5 coin struck for the British
Exhibition in New York in 1960.
cruciform arrangement of the Royal Arms — four shields representing
the nations of the United Kingdom arranged in a cross — is
interspersed with floral emblems of the rose, shamrock, thistle and
leek. It was seen as a modern and contemporary heraldic design when it
was first created, according to the Royal Mint.
painter Edgar Fuller designed the reverse of the coin, which was
modeled by Cecil Thomas.
obverse features the current portrait of Queen Elizabeth II by Ian Rank-Broadley.
coin weighs 28.28 grams, measures 38.61 millimeters and has a mintage
limit of 7,500 pieces.
official first birthday £5 coin is available now to pre-order from the Royal Mint’s and is priced at £80.