The Royal British Mint captured a great deal of worldwide media attention when they announced that babies born in the UK on the same day as Prince William and Kate’s baby would receive a free silver penny. The Royal Birth on July 22, 2013 was followed by the unveiling of a range of numismatic products to celebrate the occasion.
The coin which seems to have garnered the most attention is the £5 silver coin featuring Benedetto Pistrucci’s classic design of St. George Slaying the Dragon. This design has traditionally been used for gold sovereigns, and this release marks the first time that the design has appeared on a silver coin in more than 100 years. The .925 fine silver coins are struck in proof quality with a weight of 28.28g and diameter of 38.61mm. The issue limit is 10,000 pieces, of which the Royal Mint indicates over 50% has already been sold.
Update: As of July 26, the Royal Mint has indicated that 80% of production has been sold.
A £1 silver coin is also offered to celebrate the Royal Birth. This coin features the reverse design by Matthew Dent, featuring the heraldic shield of the Royal Arms, struck in .925 silver to brilliant uncirculated standard. The same coin does seem to be available under different packaging. The coin issued to celebrate the Royal Birth comes in “baby edition packaging” and is limited to an issuance of 10,000.
The Royal Mint has also offered a limited run of gold sovereigns, which were minted on the day of the Royal Birth. The 22 karat gold bullion quality coins have a weight of 7.98g and diameter of 22.05 mm. The coins are shown in special packaging which indicates the special striking. According to the Royal Mint website, the full limited run of 2,013 coins has sold out.
Lastly, the Royal Birth 2013 UK Definitive Set is offered, which includes all eight of the definitive circulating UK coins from 2013 within a specially commissioned set. This is indicated as the first UK coin set to be issued to commemorate a royal birth.
These products can be found on the Royal Mint website in the Christening and Baby section, which includes the Royal Birth range in addition to other baby-themed products.