Taking his first steps through life, Prince George has quickly captured hearts across the world, frequently stealing the show wherever he goes. Now, with a year of so many wonderful royal celebrations in full swing, the young prince has already welcomed a new baby brother and taken on a special starring role at his uncle’s wedding. But it’s safe to say that there’s one occasion in 2018 that the prince will be looking forward to more than anything – it’s time to break out the cake and candles for Prince George’s fifth birthday!
And while the prince is likely to enjoy a birthday party just like any other little boy his age, his remarkable family heritage is something he is yet to fully discover. As the first-born son of Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince George is third in line to the throne, and destined to become king one day. He joins a long line of monarchs that share his name, going as far back as the eighteenth century. It seems that some characteristics have also endured through the generations, such as the prince and his great-great-grandfather King George VI’s shared love for the great outdoors, with the former king known for his outdoor sporting pursuits such as cricket and horse riding.
The Royal Mint has struck coins during the reign of every King George to date, including more recent special commemorative editions such as the 300th anniversary of the coronation of King George I in 2014. Prince George may not become king for quite some time, but he’s already got a head start with his coin collection! So far, four coins have been created to commemorate key moments in his young life, and the prince is the first royal to have a United Kingdom coin struck to mark his first birthday. As he turns five, The Royal Mint continues to mark Prince George’s milestones with a fifth coin, approved by Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.
To celebrate this ‘big’ birthday, we’ve called upon one of Prince George’s namesakes, the legendary St George, to appear on a special official UK £5 coin. Stories of knights and dragons are the stuff of many five-year-olds’ playtimes with friends, and Royal Mint designer Jody Clark has created a scene of St George slaying the dragon that looks like it has come straight from the pages of a fairy tale. Jody is also renowned as the designer of the latest definitive coinage portrait of Queen Elizabeth II, and his depiction of Prince George’s great-grandmother rather aptly appears on the obverse of this coin. Referencing both fairy tale and family heritage, the coin captures a moment in the prince’s life where childhood and growth towards his royal destiny are combined.
Just like his birth and second birthday, we honour Prince George with two coins, a £5 coin and a Strike on the Day Sovereign. Struck on 22 July 2018, we mark his special milestone with a gold Sovereign featuring Benedetto Pistrucci’s iconic design and a plain rather than milled edge. Shop the range by clicking here.