For the first time ever, the Royal Mint said Saturday, September 28, that they will be releasing a set of coins commemorating a royal christening. TRH The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and HM Queen Elizabeth have authorized the special coin release to mark the christening of their son, HRH Prince George of Cambridge. Three coins will be produced, a gold kilo coin, a silver £5 coin and another £5 coin of lower value. Specific details of the release including volumes and prices have not yet been announced. Prince George will be christened in St. James’s Palace on October 23. The purchasing of the coins will likely be the public’s only way to take part in the ceremony with Kensington Palace deemed a “private event”.
The coins will mark the second Royal Mint release commemorating the future King. After Prince George was born, the Mint released 2,013 special silver pennies to other children born on the same day. The christening of Prince George will be conducted by Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby. The baby, who is third in line to the throne, will wear a replica of a christening gown made for Queen Victoria's eldest daughter in 1841.