Hours after the May 2 birth of Princess Charlotte Elizabeth Diana,
the second child born to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, the Royal
Mint began offering 2015 commemorative £5 coins marking the birth.
The special £5 coins have the Royal seal of approval from Queen
Elizabeth II and the child’s parents, as well as George Osborne,
Chancellor of the Exchequer and master of the Royal Mint.
Artist John Bergdahl, who also designed the coins issued for the
christening of Prince George in 2013, designed the new coins.
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The obverse of the coins bears the new fifth (newest) portrait of Queen Elizabeth II, by Jody Clark.
Bergdahl’s design echoes his design for the christening of Prince
George, issued in 2013. Traditional in nature, the 2015 design bears a
block cartouche topped with a coronet and features lilies, just as the
coin for Prince George was adorned with details inspired by the Lily
Font, a fountain used in the baptism of royal children.
Three versions of the Royal Baby coin are available. Each measures
38.61 millimeters in diameter.
A Brilliant Uncirculated copper-nickel version weighs 28.28 grams and has
an unlimited mintage. It retails for £13 and is presented in a printed card.
The Proof .925 fine silver version weighs 28.28
grams and has a mintage limit of 9,500 pieces. It retails for £80.
The Proof .9167 fine gold version weighs 39.94 grams
and has a mintage limit of 500 pieces, with 400 pieces available
individually (intentions for the balance have not been revealed). It
retails for £1,800.
This is only the second time that a Royal Mint United Kingdom coin
has celebrated the birth of a member of the Royal family with their
official approval. The first — a silver £5 coin issued to mark the
birth of Prince George on July 22, 2013 — sold out its mintage of
10,000 coins within days.
To order the 2015 coin, visit the Royal Mint website.