CAMBRIDGE CURRENCY: In honor of Prince George of Cambridge’s second birthday, Britain’s Royal Mint has created a special-edition, silver, five pounds coin. A modern take on the legend of Saint George and the Dragon, designed by Christopher Le Brun, is etched on one side while the other is adorned with a portrait of the toddler’s great-grandmother Queen Elizabeth II, created by Jody Clark. Only 7,500 limited-edition coins will be produced.
“The choice of the Saint George design to honor Prince George’s birthday is an apt one,” said Shane Bissett, director of commemorative coin and bullion at The Royal Mint. “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. The choice of a silver 5 pounds coin is significant, too, as the tradition of crossing the palm of a newborn baby with silver is a way to wish them wealth and good health throughout their life.”
Two years ago, the Royal Mint created a limited-edition silver coin commemorating the birth of Prince George, which sold out within days. Priced at 80 pounds, or $124, the 5 pounds coin is available for purchase on royalmint.com.