The anxiously awaited royal baby was safely delivered at 4.24pm on 22 July at St Mary’s Hospital in London.
To the relief of millions of eager well-wishers, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge soon-after announced they’d named the future king George Alexander Louis.
The pronouncement sparked immediate and feverish activity here at The Perth Mint as engravers set to work finalising our commemorative coin dies with the Prince’s name and date of birth.
Within hours the reverse designs had been transmitted to London for presentation at Clarence House and Buckingham Palace where they received the approval of Her Majesty The Queen.
Now, following confirmation from the Treasurer’s office in Canberra that the coins are official legal tender, we’re delighted to unveil the designs just 17 days after the royal birth!
Created by Perth Mint illustrator Jennifer McKenna, the touching imagery depicts an adoring Duke and Duchess of Cambridge cradling and gazing at the newborn Prince.
This focal point is encircled by a sculpted ribbon tied in a bow supporting a delicate bouquet of acorns and fleur de lys – symbols from the Duke and Duchess’ Coats of Arms, as well as the all-important inscription: IN CELEBRATION OF THE BIRTH OF HRH PRINCE GEORGE.
Just 1,000 1/4oz gold proof coins and 10,000 1oz silver proof coins are available for sale worldwide. Each is presented in a gift box within a stylised shipper and accompanied by a numbered Certificate of Authenticity.
The Perth Mint is privileged to have been allowed to honour many milestones in the history of the monarchy. The birth of a future king is an especially memorable event and to have successfully released these exceptional Australian legal tender coins in so short a period is particularly rewarding.