The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have given the Royal Seal of Approval to the first ever set of Royal Christening coins created in the United Kingdom.
The commemorative coins, made to mark the christening of the couple’s son, Prince George, have been produced by the Royal Mint and went on sale on Tuesday. The coins bear the inscription ‘To celebrate the Christening of Prince George of Cambridge’, followed by the year. They feature the Lily Font from the Tower of London, which plays an important role in royal christening, and harp-playing cherubs on either side of the inscription. At the foot of the coin is the Queen’s motto “Dieu et mon droit” or “God and my right”, which also appears on a scroll beneath the shield of the Royal Coat of Arms.
The coins were designed by John Bergdahl. Speaking about their creation, Mr. Bergdahl said “The design is baroque, a style that has been reborn many times and often featured in royal artwork and traditions. The motto is traditional and sums up the expectations carried by a young child, born to reign – regardless of gender – for the first time ever.”
He also said that it normally takes up to two years to produce a new coin, but that the christening edition had to be produced in around seven months, owing to the uncertainty of details such as the name and gender of the royal baby. He has expressed the hope that the coins will be timeless, and look as good in 100 years’ time as they do now.
22 limited edition coins have been struck by the Royal Mint. They contain one kilogramme of gold each, and cost £50,000 apiece. More affordable £5 coins are available in silver – the crossing of a baby’s palm with silver is said to bring good health and prosperity to the newborn – and cost £13.
The royal mint has already received thousands of pre-orders worldwide. The Royal Christening will take place on October 23rd.