Prince George: British Mint to Issue Commemorative Coin as First Birthday Nears
LONDON – Kate Middleton and Prince WIlliam will celebrate son Prince George's first birthday on July 22, with Britain's Royal Mint announcing Monday plans for a commemorative £5 silver coin tied to the occasion.
The news came as U.K. media reported on an opinion poll that showed that more people in the country expressed a favorable view of the third in line to the British throne than Queen Elizabeth II. Sky News reported that the ComRes survey showed positive views held by 68 percent of people questioned, compared to the Queen's 63 percent.
The TV network also reported that Prince George appeared to have made his first steps in public, with the help of Middleton, during a weekend appearance of the royals at a charity polo game in Gloucestershire.
The coin will be the third issued in Prince George's honor. Last year, one was made for his birth, with the Queen announcing a second one for his christening. It was the first-ever royal christening coin.
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Shane Bissett, director of commemorative coins at the Royal Mint, said in a statement: "We felt there could be no more fitting design to mark the first birthday of our future king than the royal arms – the arms of the monarch – minted in honor of the future heir to the throne."
Added Bissett: "The choice of a silver coin is significant too as the precious metal is closely associated with newborn babies, as crossing the palm of a newborn baby with silver is a way to wish them wealth and good health throughout their life, whilst the £5 coin is a favorite for royal celebrations."
There be a limited number of 7,500 birthday coins available. They will cost $136 (£80) each.