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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

Production of Prince George christening coins begins

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

The coins all contain this inscription on the back. Credit: Royal Mint

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

Prince George was born on 22 July. Credit: Michael Middleton / PA

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's son will be christened on Wednesday 23 October at The Chapel Royal at St James's Palace, by The Archbishop of Canterbury.


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