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Special coins released to mark Prince George's christening

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In honour of Prince George's imminent christening, a set of special coins has been released by the Royal Mint.This is the first time that a member of the British royal family's baptism has been celebrated in this way.The coins, which went on sale today and have been approved by Prince William and Kate Middleton, feature the traditional "Lily Font" from the Tower of London, which has links with royal christenings.

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Two beautiful cherubs flank the middle inscription of Prince George's name, and intricate lilies line the edge of the coin. The motto at the foot is the traditional "Dieu et mon droit", meaning "God and my right", which is the same motto that the Queen follows.

One of the most luxurious coins on sale, which costs £50,000, has been struck containing a kilogramme of fine gold, while the more affordable silver coin costs £5.

"The crossing of a baby's palm with silver is a long-established tradition, conferring good health and prosperity to newborns," read a statement from The Royal Mint.

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Prince George, whose birth on 22 July was also celebrated with a silver Pistrucci St George and the dragon coin, will be baptised on Wednesday 23 October.

The christening will take place at The Chapel Royal, St James’s Palace, where Princess Beatrice was also baptised.

For his big day, the new heir will wear a replica of the Honiton lace gown which was made in 1841 for Queen Victoria's eldest daughter, Victoria, Princess Royal.

No details have yet been announced of George's godparents, but it's thought he will have six. These are certain to include Kate's sister Pippa Middleton and Prince Harry.

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