Really? A commemorative coin for a 2nd birthday? That's the sentiment of many readers I've heard from. But I'm in agreement with Dick Hanscom on this new coin from the Royal Mint. He forwarded this recent Daily Mail article.
While I think this is getting carried away, I do l like St. George and the Dragon in this one.
To commemorate Prince George's second birthday next week the Royal Mint will release a limited edition sterling silver £5 coin featuring the legend of St George and the dragon.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's son will turn two on July 22 and the silver £5 coin has been struck to mark the event.
The coin features a contemporary re-imagining of the St George and the dragon legend by artist Christopher Le Brun while the other side features the current portrait of the Queen by Jody Clark.
Priced at £80 and limited to just 7,500 coins, its design has been approved by proud parents William and Kate, the Queen and Chancellor George Osborne.
St George is a familiar figure on British coinage, first appearing on certain gold coins issued during the reign of Henry VIII.
The classic St George and the dragon image created by Benedetto Pistrucci in 1817 has graced the coins of almost every monarch since George III, and the Royal Mint says Le Brun's composition applies a 'dynamic and new approach to the portrayal of the classic tale'.
The Royal Mint will also be minting limited edition 'strike on the day' sovereigns to commemorate the young Prince's birthday.
To read the complete article, see:
Prince George’s second birthday to be celebrated with release of commemorative silver £5 coin depicting St George and the dragon
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