Prince George's Royal Birth Honored With Commemorative Coin

Royal Mint says they created a coin bearing the image of his namesake even before it was announced

By Rebecca Macatee Jul 25, 2013 3:36 PMTags
Royal Baby, Kate Middleton, Catherine Duchess of Cambridge, Prince William, MintJohn Stillwell/WPA-Pool/Getty Images

If you haven't already spent all your cash on royal baby memorabilia, why not buy some money to celebrate Prince George of Cambridge's birth?

The people at the Royal Mint wasted no time putting their commemorative coin to celebrate the July 22, 2013 birth of Kate Middleton and Prince William's son up for sale.

A £5 silver crown piece features the image of St. George and the Dragon, a recognizable image first engraved by Benedetto Pistrucci almost 200 years ago that has, per the Royal Mint's site, "become the definitive Sovereign." Each coin retails for £80, and according to the Royal Mint's website, they've already sold over 50 percent of the 10,000 coins created.

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And if, perhaps, your royal baby betting paid off, you might be able to afford a gold Sovereign for £800. If you do though, act fast: Over 90 percent of the 2,013 created have already sold.

The director of the commemorative coin at the Royal Mint, Shane Bissett,said in a statement: "Even we are surprised by the fact that the Prince of Cambridge's name was announced just yesterday, and that the artists of the Royal Mint had already created a coin that bears the image of his namesake."

"Designers at the Royal Mint will often look to our archive of artworks for inspiration when they are creating new coin," he said, "and it could not have been more appropriate that they chose a depiction of St George."

Werk it, Royal Mint planners!

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