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.
The 2015 Lucky Silver Pennies will also be struck with the new effigy of Her Majesty the Queen, unveiled in March, meaning these will be amongst the first coins to bear the latest Royal portrait.
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 honor.
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.
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.”
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.
Each penny will be struck with the new fifth portrait of Her Majesty the Queen and displays the same part of Matthew Dent’s Royal Shield design which features on the British circulating penny.
The Royal Arms are divided into four parts, England being represented by the three lions passant guardant in the first and fourth quarters, Scotland by the Scottish lion rampant in the second with the harp of Ireland in the third.
Parents wishing to claim their Silver Penny simply need to visit facebook.com/theroyalmint and register the birth of their child. Parents have sixty days following the birth to obtain one of the 2,015 coins that are to be made available by The Royal Mint.
About The Royal Mint
The Royal Mint has an unbroken history of minting British coinage dating back over 1,000 years. By the late thirteenth century the organisation was based in the Tower of London, and remained there for over 500 years. By 1812 The Royal Mint had moved out of the Tower to premises on London’s Tower Hill. In 1967 the building of a new Royal Mint began on its current site in South Wales, UK.
While The Royal Mint’s finest traditions are always respected, it continually innovates in order to stay at the forefront of world minting, embracing the latest production techniques and technology in order to offer excellence to our clients across the globe. By underpinning our proud heritage with a highly progressive outlook, The Royal Mint produces coins that remain a byword for trust and reliability the world over.
There were estimated to be 28.9 billion UK coins in circulation at 31 March 2014 ,with a total face value of over £4 billion, all manufactured by The Royal Mint. In total, nearly 2 billion UK coins were issued during 2013-14.
As well as over 1,000 years of producing British coinage, The Royal Mint has long been trusted with the currencies of other countries. It has served more than 100 issuing authorities around the world and currently meets approximately 15% of global demand, making us the world’s leading export mint.
The Royal Mint has been making official military campaign medals since it was commissioned to make awards for soldiers who fought in the battle of Waterloo in 1815. The year 2012 was of particular significance for The Royal Mint’s medal-making team, with the manufacture of all 4,700 Victory Medals for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
The Royal Mint has recently introduced a new fineness of Britannia bullion coins and a highly-secure on-site bullion vault storage facility, building on the gold Sovereign’s long-standing reputation for integrity, accuracy. This positions The Royal Mint and its bullion products as a premium proposition in this marketplace.
In September 2014, The Royal Mint launched a new bullion trading website, www.royalmintbullion.com, enabling customers to buy, store and sell bullion coins at constantly updated prices directly from The Royal Mint quickly, effortlessly and securely, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
In January 2015, The Royal Mint announced the revival of The Royal Mint Refinery bullion brand. Gold and silver minted bars bearing the historic marque became available for the first time since 1968, available direct to the public at www.royalmintbullion.com.
In April 2014, The Royal Mint unveiled plans to develop a purpose-built visitor centre at its headquarters in Llantrisant, South Wales. Construction is expected to be completed during 2016.