The Royal Mint have announced the upcoming issuance of a new silver crown celebrating the first birthday of HRH Prince George of Cambridge, Son of Prince William of Wales – Grandson of Charles, Prince of Wales and of course – Great Grandson of Queen Elizabeth II.
The little Prince was born nearly one year ago on the 22nd July to a waiting throng of the world’s media. His mother, the popular Duchess of Cambridge was rushed to hospital in the early morning hours on the day and in the mid-evening of the 22nd, the birth of the Royal couple’s son was announced on the grates of Buckingham Palace with a simple notice. Prince George’s full name, George Alexander Louis was announced shortly after he received a visit from his Great-Grandmother at Kensington Palace, the little Prince’s first name was in honor of the Queen’s own father who had reigned as George VI from 1936 to 1952. He was christened in October at the Chapel Royal in St. James Palace in the presence of four generations of the Royal family, an official portrait of the Queen, the Prince of Wales, the Duke of Cambridge and Prince George – all four present and future British Monarchs was released to the media. The last time there were four generations alive in the Royal family simultaneously was during the reign of Queen Victoria who welcomed the arrival of Prince Edward (King Edward VIII) in 1894, the son of the Duke of York (George V) who succeeded his father King Edward VII in 1910.
The coin, as many avid collectors of British crowns will recognize – includes the reverse design as was issued in 1953 for the 5 shilling crown of HM Queen Elizabeth II as well as for the 1960 British Exhibition in New York 5 shilling crown. Both of these coins were struck in cupro-nickel. The design was created by Edgar Fuller, a heraldic painter and the design is a perfect combination of the Royal Arms. Four shields representing the nations of the United Kingdom arranged in a cross – and are interspersed with floral emblems of the rose, shamrock, thistle and leek. It was seen as a modern and contemporary heraldic design when it was first created, for just as the home nations of the United Kingdom were represented during the Coronation in their entirety on the Queen’s embroidered gown for example – so the first coins of The Queen’s reign featured an emblem for Wales for the first time. The obverse features the current portrait of Her Majesty the Queen created by Ian Rank-Broadley FRBS and in use on most British & Commonwealth circulation and commemorative coinage since 1998.
|5 Pounds||.925 silver||28 grams||38.6 mm.||Proof||7500 pieces|
For the birth of Prince George on the 22nd July of last year, The Royal Mint struck a limited number of 10,000 special silver coins to mark the occasion. The first time in which Benedetto Pistrucci’s depiction of St. George slaying the dragon was used on the Queen’s silver crowns to celebrate the Royal birth. These coins quickly became very sought after, and they sold out within days. This heraldic-themed £5 coin minted in honor of Prince George’s first birthday is also expected to be equally sought-after.
For information or to order this and other coins related to the first birthday of Price George, please visit this section of the Royal Mint website. Information offered in English – international orders dispatched.