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New coin issued for Prince George’s fifth birthday

The future king turns five on Sunday, and a new coin is being launched to mark the celebration.

Five years ago, the first ‘Great Kate Wait’ was finally over as a little prince was born on a hot summer day in July. Prince George was the first child of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and fulfilled the role of heir to the throne behind his father and grandfather, Prince Charles.

The Royal Mint is releasing a £5 silver coin to mark Prince George’s fifth birthday as part of a series in honour of the one-day sovereign. There was one for his christening and one more each for his first two birthdays.

This coin features the legend of St George and the dragon with the inscription ‘2018’ on the bottom.

The Royal Mint also gave out “lucky” silver pennies to any baby born on July 22, 2013, after he was born.

Nicola Howell, director of consumer business at the Royal Mint, said: “The birth of Prince George altered the course of history in the United Kingdom and we are pleased to be marking the fifth birthday of our future king.”

The Royal Mint has continued the tradition of special coins for Prince George’s siblings, like the £5 coin for Princess Charlotte’s christening. A silver coin features two harp-playing cherubs surrounded by lilies.

The Royal Mint also released a commemorative £5 coin for the birth of Princess Charlotte. The Queen, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne all approved the limited edition coin. Only 500 gold coins and 9500 silver coins were produced. 

More recently, the Royal Wedding received the coin treatment with a choice for buyers between a £5 Silver Proof Coin, a £5 Gold Proof Coin, a £5 Silver Piedfort Coin and can pre-order a £5 Brilliant Uncirculated Coin.

Prince George’s newest coin is available for purchase on The Royal Mint’s webpage.

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