Oct. 8, 2013 at 8:20 AM ET
Prince George is barely 10 weeks old, and he has already received an unprecedented royal honor.
England’s Royal Mint has announced that it will release the first British coins created to commemorate a royal christening. Prince George’s christening is coming up on Oct. 23, and to celebrate the occasion, the Royal Mint is releasing coins that will be priced between $20.93 and $80,500.
The coins were approved by George’s parents, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, as well as Queen Elizabeth. They went into production on Monday, and range from a cupro-nickel alloy coin priced at $20 to a gold “Kilo” coin that costs $80,500.
The coins were deigned by John Bergdahl, the English sculptor who also created a special coin for the 60th anniversary of Queen Elizabeth, and feature a lily font on the front with harp-playing cherubs and the inscription with the Queen’s motto, Dieu Et Mont Droit (God and My Right). The other side features an image of Queen Elizabeth. Bergdahl told Sky News that the new christening coin had to be made in seven months rather than the usual two years for a new coin, because design couldn’t begin until the baby’s gender and name were known.
The boy will be christened at St. James Palace by the Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Reverend Justin Welby, in a private ceremony. This is the second coin created in his honor, as the Royal Mint also gave away 2,013 silver pennies to families of babies born on July 22, the same day as Prince George.