Press release from the Royal Mint:
The Royal Mint has struck a special edition United
Kingdom Proof .925 fine silver £5 coin to mark the July 22 second
birthday of Prince George of Cambridge. The coin bears a contemporary
reimagining of the St. George and the dragon legend in a design by
artist Christopher Le Brun.
Approved by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Queen Elizabeth II
and the Chancellor of the Exchequer, the new silver £5 coin is
restricted to a limited mintage of just 7,500 coins. The obverse of
the coin features the new, current portrait of Queen Elizabeth II by
This is the third year in the row that the royal has been honored
with silver coins from the Royal Mint, following coins celebrating his birth in 2013 and coins marking his first birthday in 2014.
See the gold coin issued for Prince George's
birthday last year
St. George is a familiar figure on British coinage, first appearing
on English coins with the George nobles — gold coins issued during the
reign of Henry VIII.
The classic St. George and the Dragon design created by Benedetto
Pistrucci in 1817 has graced the coins of almost every monarch since
George III, and Christopher Le Brun’s composition applies a dynamic
new approach to the portrayal of the classic tale.
The Royal Mint will also be minting limited edition “strike on the
day” sovereigns to commemorate the young prince’s birthday — the St.
George and the Dragon design has usually featured on this flagship
coin of the Royal Mint since the denomination's reintroduction in 1817.
Shane Bissett, Director of Commemorative Coin and Bullion at the Royal Mint said: “The choice of the St. George
design to honour Prince George’s birthday is an apt one — the name
George has long had links with the British monarchy and its coinage,
there having been six Kings of that name during the Royal Mint’s 1,000
For the birth of Prince George on July 22, 2013, the Royal Mint
struck a limited number of 10,000 special silver coins to mark the
occasion, which were so popular that they sold out within days.
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President of the Royal Academy since 2011, Christopher Le Brun has
undertaken a number of commissions for the Royal Mint. These include
the 2007 Britannia bullion coin, the 50-penny celebrating the 250th
anniversary of Kew Gardens and, more recently, the Pegasus design that
graced the five-ounce gold and silver Proof coins, issued to mark the
occasion of the Olympic Games held in London during 2012.
The official 2015 £5 coin commemorating the second birthday of
Prince George of Cambridge weighs 28.28 grams and measures 38.61
millimeters in diameter.
The coin may be ordered now from the Royal Mint and retails for £80.
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