The Royal Mint has revealed the design of the £5 coin that celebrates
the christening of Princess Charlotte of Cambridge, following approval
from the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Queen Elizabeth II and the
Chancellor of the Exchequer.
Engraver John Bergdahl created the reverse design.
The reverse is decorated with harp-playing cherubs and encircled by
swags of lilies — design elements shared with the christening coin also designed by Bergdahl for
Prince George of Cambridge, symbolizing the link between the
A baroque-style oval frame, or cartouche at the center of the new
coin bears the inscription TO CELEBRATE THE CHRISTENING OF PRINCESS
CHARLOTTE ELIZABETH DIANA OF CAMBRIDGE 2015.
Inspiration for the design of both coins was taken from the lily
font that has traditionally been used in the baptism of royal babies
since Queen Victoria’s time. The baroque style is often featured in
royal artwork and traditions.
The obverse bears the new effigy of Queen Elizabeth II designed by
Royal Mint engraver Jody Clark.
The new coin will be available in silver and in gold to mark the
A special limited edition £5 coin, also designed by John Bergdahl,
was issued by the Royal Mint to mark the birth of Princess Charlotte
on May 2, 2015. Her christening will take place on July 5 at St Mary
Magdalene Church at Her Majesty the Queen’s Sandringham estate in Norfolk.
Both £5 Christening coins measure 38.61 millimeters in diameter.
In addition, the Royal Mint initially provided images of a £10
version erroneously labeled as the £5 coin. The Royal Mint then
confirmed that a bespoke 5-ounce silver version, with a more elaborate
reverse, was made exclusively for a U.S. distributor, GovMint.com.
Full details of this version, including pricing, were not disclosed.
The Proof .925 fine silver £5 weighs 28.28 grams. It has a mintage
limit of 5,000 pieces and retails for £80.
The Proof .9167 fine gold £5 coin weighs 39.94 grams. It has a
mintage limit of 350 pieces and retails for £1,800
For more information, or to order the coins, visit the Royal Mint website.
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