Since the United States Mint has launched a new “Birth Set” today, I thought it would be interesting to explore some of the birth or baby coins and sets offered by world mints. Whereas the US Mint is a new entrant into this space, other world mints have been producing specially themed legal tender coins or themed packaged sets for years.
Royal Australian Mint
According to their website, the Royal Australian Mint has been offering themed baby sets since 1993. The current theme features Dot and the Kangarroo, an Australian children’s story.
Both proof and uncirculated versions of the Baby Coin Set are available. Each set seems to include six different denomination coins in special packaging. The proof set includes a photo frame and baby book. The uncirculated set includes a photo frame, coin wallet, and medallion. A legal tender dollar coin carries a depiction of the author and some of the characters from the story.
Royal British Mint
The Royal British Mint has an entire section dedicated to gifts for births and Christenings. There are several different gift packs or gift sets available which include the 1p to £2 denominations in brilliant uncirculated quality. The coins are placed within specially designed folders or boxes.
On the higher end, they also offer a gold sovereign and gold quarter sovereign in special packaging for a baby. These seem to come in a special box with a booklet and are priced higher than the same coins in standard packaging.
Finally, there is also a “lucky silver penny” available. The coin is struck in 3.5 grams of sterling silver and comes in a special folder. A sterling silver £1 coin in special packaging is also available.
Royal Canadian Mint
The Royal Canadian Mint offers a Baby Gift Set. Each set includes six uncirculated coins (1c, 5c, 10c, 25c, $1, and $2). Five of the coins feature the standard circulation designs, while the 25-cent coin features a specially created baby-themed design.
For 2011, a similar set was available, which included a different specially designed 25-cent coin. The 2011 design was also used for a one-half ounce .9999 fine silver coin with a legal tender value of 4 Dollars.
The Perth Mint has a special section of their product catalog containing baby gifts. The products include the uncirculated Baby Coin Set produced by the Royal Australian Mint and specially packaged 2012 Silver Koala and 2012 Silver Kookaburra Baby Coin Packs.
They also offer personalized medallions, which feature a lunar design or the Perth Mint logo on one side and a custom message on the other side.
Chinese Lunar Calendar Coins
A final gift option to consider for newborns are Chinese Lunar Calendar Coins. These are somewhat personalized since you can pick the animal corresponding to the baby’s date of birth. Numerous mints offer bullion or numismatic coins with Chinese lunar calendar themes.
My cousin is due to give birth to her first child this month. In addition to the baby clothes, etc that my wife will pick out, I selected the coin above for the newborn baby gift. This is the one-half ounce silver Year of the Dragon coin from the Royal Canadian Mint.