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Christening coins made by Royal Mint in Llantrisant

The Royal Mint in Llantrisant has produced a special set of coins to mark Prince George's christening.

This is the first time that new UK coins have been produced to mark the christening of a member of the royal family.

The coins feature a new design - with swags of lilies, two harp-playing cherubs, and the Queen's motto. Credit: Royal Mint

A limited edition gold kilo coin has gone on sale for £50,000 but there is a more affordable range of gold or silver coins for £13.

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Prince George to be christened in Chapel Royal

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge leaving the Lindo Wing of St Mary's Hospital with Prince George. Credit: PA Wire

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's son Prince George will be christened later in front of close family and friends of his parents.

The three-month-old baby, who will one day be king, will be baptised by the Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Rev Justin Welby, in the little known Chapel Royal at St James's Palace this afternoon.

Read: Prince George's christening to be held in historic Chapel Royal

The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh are expected to be at the ceremony along with the Prince of Wales, who has become a grandfather for the first time, the Duchess of Cornwall and Prince Harry.

Kate's family - parents Carole and Michael Middleton and siblings Pippa and James - are thought to be invited, along with the godparents who, like the guests, have not been publicly named.

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First christening coins minted for Prince George

The Royal Mint in Llantrisant has created the first ever christening coin in the UK to mark Prince George's baptism later this month. A limited edition gold kilo coin could be yours for a staggering 50 thousand pounds.

Or, thankfully, there's a more affordable gold or silver £5 coin - a mere snip at 13 pounds. The Mint has already received thousands of pre-orders for the Baroque designed coin from within the UK and around the world, as Dean Thomas reports.

Prince George christening coins pressed

A special set of coins to commemorate the christening of Prince George go into production today at the Royal Mint in Llantrisant.

This video shows one coin being pressed.

The Royal Mint says it has already received thousands of orders from the UK and around the world.

Prince George will be christened on Wednesday 23 October at The Chapel Royal at St James's Palace.

First ever coins for royal christening

This is the first time that new UK coins have been produced to mark the christening of a member of the royal family.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, the Queen and Chancellor George Osborne have all given the design their approval.

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.

The classic design of these coins was inspired by the symbols and images from the silver gilt lily font, which has traditionally been used for every Royal christening since 1841.

Silver is closely associated with new born babies, as crossing the palm of a new born baby with silver is a way to wish them wealth and good health throughout their life.

– Shane Bissett, Director of Commemorative Coin at The Royal Mint
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