POLITICS

Prince George's birth commemorated on coins

08/08/2013 11:07 EDT | Updated 10/08/2013 05:12 EDT
Gov. Gen. David Johnston unveiled collector coins to commemorate the birth of Prince George of Cambridge during a ceremony at Rideau Hall in Ottawa Thursday.

The coins include:

- A silver $5 collector coin with gold plating in the middle bearing the initials of the prince's parents, William and Catherine, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. A ring around the outside edge depicts a child's toys and other imagery of childhood.

- A 25-cent collector coin with a British-style pram in the centre bearing three maple leafs, with "William" and "Catherine" stamped in a ring around it.

- A three-coin set of silver $20 collector coins featuring depictions of a baby asleep in a bassinet and two adult hands holding a baby's hand, conveying the themes "sweet dreams," "tender bonds" and "a hopeful future."

The coins are sold as collector kits, with prices ranging from $25 to $250.

The prince, third in line to the throne, was born on July 22.

The governor general was joined for the announcement by Heritage Minister Shelly Glover and Ian E. Bennett, president and CEO of the Royal Canadian Mint.