The Royal Mint
by Francesca Bacardi | Tue., Jun. 30, 2015 4:00 PM
The Royal Mint
When you're a princess mostly everything gets commemorated, including your christening!
The Royal Mint has unveiled the design for Princess Charlotte's christening coin. Engraver John Bergdahl has been selected as the commemorative memorabilia's designer. He also designed Prince George's coin.
The center of the coin features an inscription that reads, "To celebrate the christening of Princess Charlotte Elizabeth Diana of Cambridge 2015." Surrounding the dedication are harp-playing cherubs. According to a statement obtained by E! News, both coins draw inspiration from the lily font that has been used in the baptism of royal babies since Queen Victoria's era.
The new £5 coin will be available in silver, as it is a long-standing tradition to cross a newborn's hands with the metal to bestow good health and prosperity. It will also be made in gold to mark the royal celebration.
HRH Duchess of Cambridge
"These coins will be a fitting addition to The Royal Mint's long tradition of creating works of art to celebrate landmark events in the history of the Royal family," Shane Bissett, Director of Commemorative Coin and Medals at The Royal Mint, said in a statement. "It is entirely appropriate that we commemorate this significant occasion with the release of a special coin, just as we celebrated the christening of Prince George."
Princess Charlotte's christening will take place July 5 at St. Mary Magdalene Church at Queen Elizabeth II's Sandringham estate in Norfolk, and it will be photographed by famed photographer Mario Testino!
"I am overwhelmed and honoured to be chosen to document this occasion and to carry on the documentation of the family that is the soul of this country, a country that has given me so much," Testino said via press release.