Such was the popularity of coins struck for the birth and christening of Prince George – including this same design struck on a silver coin for the first time in more than a century – that The Double-Sovereign, struck for Prince George’s birthday and bearing his namesake St George once more, will be in high demand. The Double-Sovereign, usually the preserve of collectors of The Royal Mint’s Sovereign sets, is available for the first time as a single coin. Only 1,300 of these Brilliant Uncirculated Double-Sovereigns for 2014 will be issued for the first birthday of a young prince who is destined to be king one day. Your coin is presented in a Royal Mint display case with a booklet that explores the story behind the coin, and is accompanied by a Certificate of Authenticity to confirm its limited release.
On 22 July 2013 a new Royal heir was born. The arrival of His Royal Highness Prince George Alexander Louis, the first child of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, was greeted with jubilation at home and abroad. The Royal Mint was ready to welcome the new prince and the 10,000 coins struck to celebrate his birth sold out within days – a silver coin that bore the iconic image of St George and the dragon was among the most popular coins of recent years.
The Double-Sovereign – containing double the amount of gold of a Sovereign – is such an impressive coin. On its obverse is the current coinage portrait of Her Majesty The Queen, the Prince’s great-grandmother of course, while on its reverse St George does battle with the dragon in the age-old story of good triumphing over evil. The design is recognised and admired all over the world, and for St George to honour the first birthday of Prince George is a fitting double – well suited to the impressive Double-Sovereign.