New baby Adam Miell has received the first silver penny from the Royal Mint – for sharing the same birthday as the new Prince of Cambridge.
Adam Michael Miell was born yesterday at 4.34pm in Southampton - 10 minutes after Baby Cambridge. His parents, Marc and Beverley, were presented with the coin shortly after his arrival.
The Royal Mint is giving all babies born on the same day a lucky silver penny.
Proud dad Marc said: "We knew that The Royal Mint was planning to give silver pennies to babies born today but we had no idea that we would be the first to receive one.
"We're over the moon and want to thank The Royal Mint for their kind gesture. It's a special day for us and we're excited to be part of the celebrations."
Shane Bissett, Director of Commemorative Coin at the Royal Mint said: "The Royal Mint has been celebrating special events using coins for over 1,000 years so we're honoured to be able to mark this momentous occasion in our own way, which is in keeping with an age-old tradition to mark a new birth with a gift of silver for good luck.
"We send our very best wishes to Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and extend this to new parents across the country today as they celebrate their own special arrivals."
Parents of babies born on 22nd July 2013 who wish to claim their silver penny need to visit Facebook.com/theroyalmint and register the birth of their child using the 'My Silver Penny' app at the top of the page. Parents will have sixty days following the royal birth to obtain one of the 2,013 coins that are being gifted by The Royal Mint.
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