The Royal Canadian Mint and Perth Mint have recently announced coins issued to celebrate the birth of Prince George Alexander Louis of Cambridge. This follows the well received £5 silver coin issued by the Royal British Mint featuring Benedetto Pistrucci’s classic design of St. George Slaying the Dragon.
The offerings from the Royal Canadian Mint are led by a $5 silver coin with selective gold plating. The design features the letters “W” and “C” adorned with crowns and flanked by maple leaves. These elements are selectively gold plated. Around the outer circumference of the coin is an arrangement of infant related items. The RCM indicates that a unique printing technique is used to bring out specific elements and provide a 3D effect.
The 99.99% pure silver coins are struck in proof quality with a weight of 23.17 grams and diameter of 36 mm. The maximum mintage is 15,000 pieces with an ordering limit of three per household.
The next product consists of a set of three coins featuring scenes intended to convey the joy and wonder of the first months with a precious newborn. The scenes are entitled: “Sweet dreams”, “Tender bonds”, and “A hopeful future”.
Each of the coins carries a legal tender face value of 20 Dollars and is struck in 99.99% silver to proof quality with a weight of 31.39 grams and diameter of 38 mm. The mintage is 7,500 sets, with an ordering limit of one per household.
The final coin from the Royal Canadian Mint is a 25-cent coin depicting a baby carriage with maple leaves. An interlocked circle with the names “William” and “Catherine” surrounds, with the letters “W” and “C” adorned by crowns to each side.
The curponickel coin is struck in specimen quality. There is no stated maximum mintage, but a limit of three per household is indicated.
The Perth Mint of Australia has released a 1 oz silver coin and 1/4 oz gold coin sharing the same design depicting the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge cradling and gazing lovingly at their newborn baby. The scene is encircled by a ribbon tied in a bow at the base to support a bouquet of acorns and fleur de lys. The surrounding inscriptions read “In Celebration of the Birth of HRH Prince George” and “22.07.2013”.
The silver coin has a mintage limit of 10,000 pieces, while the gold coin is limited to 1,000 pieces.