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New coins celebrate birth of Prince George

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A series of coins fit for a king are available as keepsakes for Canadians who want to commemorate the birth of Prince George.

Today at Rideau Hall in Ottawa, Gov. Gen. David Johnston unveiled two collector coins and a collector coin set to mark the arrival of Prince George of Cambridge on July 22.

"It’s part of the excitement that we mark this moment of Canada’s future king," said Christine Aquino, spokeswoman for the Royal Canadian Mint in Ottawa. "It really captured the spirit of the new royal family member."

The coins include:

  • A 25-cent silver coin with the Duke and Duchess’s names wrapped around the image of a carriage.
  • A three-coin set of $20 coins. Two of them of feature a sleeping infant, while the third depicts an infant’s hand clinging to a mother’s thumb.
  • A $5 silver coin with a gold plate at the centre, with initials of both the Duke and Duchess. Children’s toys are wrapped around the perimeter of the coin.

The coins were made at the Royal Canadian Mint in Ottawa, and approved by both Buckingham Palace and the Government of Canada. The coins can be purchased as collector kits, with prices ranging from $25 to $250.

The coins can be pre-ordered starting today at www.mint.ca/RoyalBirth or by contacting the Mint at 1-800-267-1871 in Canada. They will also be availabl eat Canada Post outlets.

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