The Royal Mint has announced that it will create a set of commemorative coins to mark the christening of Prince George.
This will be the first time that new coins mark the christening of a member of the royal family. Prince George, born on the 22 July 2013, will be christened on Wednesday 23 October at the Chapel Royal in St James’s Palace.The production of the three commemorative coins comes a day after Kensington Palace announced the date of the christening that will be performed by the Archbishop of Canterbury.
Her Majesty the Queen, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and George Osbourne the Chancellor of the Exchequer have approved the release.
Three coins will be produced, a gold kilo coin, a £5 coin in silver and another £5 coin that will be more affordable. Details of how many coins will be minted and the prices have not yet been announced.
Shane Bissett of the Royal Mint said “The Royal Mint has celebrated moments of national significance for over 1,000 years and it was felt appropriate to produce the first-ever set of Royal christening coins to mark the christening of our future king”. He added “these coins will be a fitting addition to that long tradition”.
Prince George previously has already had coins minted in his honour after the Royal Mint gave away 2,013 silver pennies to babies born on the same day as the 3rd in line to the throne.