To celebrate the arrival of the new addition to the Royal Family, The Royal Mint is to gift 2,015 babies born on the same day with a special Lucky Silver Penny struck with the year of their birth.
It is a fitting gesture to welcome the eagerly-anticipated future prince or princess and also in keeping with an age-old tradition to mark a new birth with a gift of silver for good luck.
A present of silver to mark the arrival of a new baby is now generally considered to be a symbolic keepsake rather than a practical gift. However, throughout history, crossing the palm of a new born baby with silver, or offering them a silver penny, was also seen as a way to wish them wealth and good health throughout their life.
The Royal Mint has a long tradition of making coins for the kings and queens of this country, marking important historical events and special occasions for over 1,000 years. To mark the birth of His Royal Highness Prince George of Cambridge on 22nd July 2013, The Royal Mint gifted 2,013 Lucky Silver Pennies to babies born on the same day and also struck a limited edition £5 coin in his honour.
A second £5 coin was created in celebration of Prince George’s Christening in October 2013 - the first time a UK coin had been struck to commemorate the Christening of a royal baby. The Royal Mint also struck a £5 coin to mark the first birthday of Prince George in 2014.
The Silver Penny, which is beautifully presented in elegant, contemporary packaging and finished with a suitably regal purple ribbon, is a special gift that’s perfect for both girls and boys.
Parents wishing to claim their penny simply need to visit Facebook.com/theroyalmint and register the birth of their child. Parents have 60 days following the birth to obtain one of the 2,015 coins.
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