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HRH Prince George Honored With Collector Coin Set

Canada- Ottawa | Aug 10 2013 | (22:51:26 - EDT)

At Rideau Hall, His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada unveiled two beautifully designed collector coins and a collector coin set celebrating the birth of His Royal Highness Prince George of Cambridge. His Excellency was joined at the event by the Honourable Shelly Glover, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages and Mr. Ian E. Bennett, President and CEO of the Royal Canadian Mint.

"Canadians are delighted with the recent arrival of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's first child, who will someday be Sovereign of Canada," said Glover. "These exceptional collector coins produced by the Royal Canadian Mint highlight, through artistic elements, the enduring relationship Canada shares with the Royal Family."

"Each one of these special commemorative coins is struck with the pride and craftsmanship befitting a future King," said Bennett. "The Royal Canadian Mint cherishes our unique connection to the Royal Family and we are extremely proud to celebrate the birth of the Prince of Cambridge in such a unique way."

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2013 $5 FINE SILVER COIN WITH SELECTIVE GOLD PLATING

The Mint is pleased to issue a stunning $5 collector coin produced with 99.99% fine silver with selective gold-plating to celebrate the arrival of His Royal Highness the Prince of Cambridge. The reverse image features a gold-plated monogrammed "W" and "C" with crowns, representing the cyphers of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, flanked by maple leaves. The coin's outer edge depicts an ornate ring with all the accoutrements of life with a newborn: baby rattles, plush toys, bibs, soothers, sippy cups and tiny shoes and socks intermixed with
moons and stars. The year "2013" appears below the initials and the word "CANADA" above to highlight the close relationship Canada shares with the Royal Family. This coin has a mintage of 15,000 and is available for $74.95 CAD.

The Royal Canadian Mint has produced one of these coins in full gold-plating, to be forwarded to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge as a special keepsake.

2013 25-CENT CUPRO-NICKEL COIN

This new 25-cent cupro-nickel coin features a baby carriage with the year "2013" engraved above. The carriage, adorned by maple leaves, is positioned within the smallest of three rings nestled within each other to divide the coin into three sections. The middle circle includes tiny beads along its outer edge and is divided vertically, featuring the names "William" on the left and "Catherine" on the right. Monogrammed first letter initials of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge with crowns (representing the Royal Couple's cyphers) flank either side of the outermost ring with "CANADA" above and "25 CENTS" below. Available while quantities last, this coin retails for $24.95 CAD.

2013 FINE SILVER THREE-COIN SET

This cheerful set of three $20 coins delivers a trilogy of heartwarming scenes to express the joy and wonder of the first months with a precious newborn and is expertly crafted in fine silver. The coin designs are as follows: a baby tucked away in a cradle with all the love and lace typical of a Royal nursery; three hands (Mummy's, Daddy's and baby's) touching to form a family bond within the shape of a heart; and a sleeping baby in a crib with two plush toys, a beaver and RCMP moose, to represent Canada's close ties with the Royal Family. Each of
the three coin designs features maple leaves and "2013" to mark the year of this historic occasion. Available for purchase at $249.95 CAD, this set has a mintage of 7,500.

About the Royal Canadian Mint

The Royal Canadian Mint is the Crown Corporation responsible for the minting and distribution of Canada's circulation coins. An ISO 9001-2008 certified company, the Mint is recognized as one of the largest and most versatile mints in the world, offering a wide range of specialized, high quality coinage products and related services on an international scale.

The Royal Canadian Mint's headquarters occupy the historic building in central Ottawa where the Mint was founded in 1908. Today, the Ottawa facility produces hand-crafted collector and commemorative coins, gold bullion coins, medals and medallions. This is where the master tooling is done to create the dies that strike coin designs for both circulation and commemorative issues. The Mint's gold refining and advanced engineering operations are also located in Ottawa.

About Prince George's Birth

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, and husband Prince William welcomed their first child and a joyful public waited for its first glimpse of the new royal baby.

The boy was born at 4:24 p.m. Monday, July 22, weighing 8 pounds, 6 ounces. A name has not yet been announced for the child, who is third in line to the British throne.

Kate Middleton and Prince William introduced the world to England's future king when they exited St. Mary's Hospital on Tuesday evening (local time) carrying their newborn son.

As the crowd broke out into cheers, people suddenly spilled out of the doorway, and seconds later, the couple exited the building. Middleton wore a light blue dress with white polka dots and was carrying the baby who was wrapped in a white blanket. William was also dressed in blue. Middleton then passed the baby to William and the couple posed for photographers.

The couple then walked back inside the hospital. Moments later, the couple re-emerged with William carrying the car seat and William got in the front seat and took the wheel while Middleton sat in the back with her baby, the soon-to-be-named, His Royal Highness Prince George Alexander Louis Prince of Cambridge.

How the Duchess met her Prince

In 2001, Middleton met Prince William while they were students at the University of St. Andrews. The couple began dating as early as 2002.

Prince William and Catherine Middleton became engaged in October 2010, in Kenya, during a 10-day trip to the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy to celebrate Prince William's passing his RAF helicopter search and rescue course. Clarence House announced the engagement on 16 November 2010.

Prince William gave Middleton the engagement ring that had belonged to his mother, Diana, Princess of Wales. He said about his decision to give his fiancée his mother's ring, "It's very special to me. As Kate's very special to me now, it was right to put the two (Catherine and Diana) together. It was my way of making sure my mother didn't miss out on today and the excitement, and the fact that we're going to spend the rest of our lives together." The couple married in Westminster Abbey on 29 April 2011, (St. Catherine's Day) with the day declared a bank holiday in the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. Estimates of the global audience for the wedding ranged around 300 million or more, while 26 million watched the event live in Britain alone.

The pregnancy was announced in December of 2012.

Source: Royal Canadian Mint

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