As Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Sussex enjoy their first few days with their first child, The Royal Mint is delighted to commemorate the occasion with a Lucky Silver Penny.
Alluding to the age-old tradition of ‘crossing the baby’s palm’ with silver, which is seen as a way to wish a new child wealth and good health throughout their life, the Lucky Silver Penny is a wonderful way to celebrate the birth of a baby, with a keepsake they can treasure for life.
We spoke with Dominique Evans, Concept Designer at The Royal Mint, about her vision for the ‘Welcome to the World, Little One’ campaign. Dominique has worked on a range of campaigns during her time at The Royal Mint, including the 65th anniversary of Her Majesty The Queen’s coronation, The Queen’s 90th birthday and the births of Their Royal Highnesses Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis of Cambridge.
“Working on campaigns for royal events has always been one of my favourite things about working at The Royal Mint. For example, I started working on collateral for The Queen’s 90th birthday on a dark and dreary autumn day in 2015, not forgetting how much lighter and brighter the weather would feel in the spring of the following year when The Queen would be celebrating her birthday. The project was such a joy to work on and we simply focused on using images and words that would complement some of the remarkable moments during The Queen’s life and reign. On the weekend of 21 April 2016 we travelled to Windsor, where the weather was perfect, and the atmosphere was as bright as the sunny days we had over that weekend; I will never forget that time.
“Last year was a year of great royal celebration and one of my favourite quotes – ‘Mighty Oaks from Small Acorns Grow’ – was the inspiration behind the creative that we brought to life to mark events like Prince George’s fifth birthday, His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales’ 70th birthday, and of course the engagement and wedding of The Duke and Duchess of Sussex. Celebrating important milestones is such a wonderful part of life and I wanted the acorns and oak trees to symbolise family and new arrivals, not forgetting that important nod to the Oak trees in Windsor which I think sparked the original idea.
“Our ‘Welcome to the World, Little One’ campaign continues the symbolism of the Oak trees in Windsor. I noticed that The Duchess of Sussex has a songbird in her Coat of Arms, to symbolise communication, so I felt that songbirds would be a lovely introduction to this piece of work. On the product packaging, two songbirds take to the skies with their banner announcing the wonderful news above Windsor Great Park, with the Royal Standard flying proudly above Windsor Castle and a herd of deer coming to welcome the new arrival.
“A garland of acorns features on the packaging to symbolise little ones arriving in the world and the ‘Mighty Oaks’ that they’ll one day become. For now, it is wonderful to watch them grow and, like so many, I look forward to seeing The Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s first child grow up.”
Finished to Brilliant Uncirculated standard, this sterling silver UK penny is the perfect way to capture such a joyful occasion. Click here to buy.
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