Baku, July 21, AZERTAC
Prince William and Kate Middleton's son, who turns two years old next week on July 22, has been honored with a special limited edition commemorative coin produced by England's Royal Mint.
The sterling silver £5 coin features an image of Christian martyr Saint George battling the mythical dragon and was reimagined by artist Christopher Le Brun. The other side features the current portrait of George's great-grandmother Queen Elizabeth II done by Jody Clark.
"The choice of the St. George design to honor Prince George's birthday is an apt one—the name George has long had links with the British monarchy and its coinage, there having been six kings of that name during the Royal Mint's 1,000 year history," Shane Bissett, director of commemorative coin and bullion at the Royal Mint, said. "The choice of a silver GBP5 coin is significant too as the tradition of crossing the palm of a new born baby with silver is a way to wish them wealth and good health throughout their life."
George's new commemorative coin will cost buyers £80 ($125) and fans better act fast! The Royal Mint only made 7,500 of the limited edition collectors' item.
Back when George was born in July 2013, the Royal Mint issues a very similar limited edition coin.