To celebrate the arrival of the newest addition to the Royal Family, The Royal Mint is to gift babies born on the same day with a special Silver Penny
To celebrate the eagerly-anticipated arrival of the new royal baby, 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.
The 2015 Lucky Silver Pennies will also be struck with the new effigy of Her Majesty the Queen, which was unveiled in March, meaning these will be some of the first coins to bear the new Royal portrait.
A present of silver to mark the arrival of a new baby might now be considered to be just a symbolic keepsake but marking a new birth with a gift of silver is actually an age-old tradition meant to bring wealth and good health, from crossing the palm of a new born baby with silver to offering them a silver penny.
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, including the birth of His Royal Highness Prince George of Cambridge on 22 July 2013, when 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.
Shane Bissett, Director of Commemorative Coin at the Royal Mint said: “The birth of the new royal baby will be a joyous occasion not just for Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge but also for the whole nation, as we prepare to celebrate another remarkable milestone in their life journey together. However, it will also be a special day for many mothers and fathers across the country as they too welcome the arrival of their new babies, hence why we wanted to extend this historical moment to them with a unique and timeless gift that can be treasured for years to come.”
Parents wishing to claim their Silver 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 that are to be made available by The Royal Mint.
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