25/03/2015 12:53 GMT | Updated 25/05/2015 10:12 BST

Royal Baby: £5 Coin To Be Issued To Mark Arrival Of Duke And Duchess Of Cambridge's Second Child


A £5 coin is to be issued to celebrate the birth of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's second child.

The birth of Kate and Prince William's baby in mid to late April will be marked by the issuing of a commemorative coin, in the same way as the arrival of big brother Prince George. The Queen - the baby's great-grandmother - approved the decision at a meeting of the Privy Council at Buckingham Palace on March 19.

Thousands of commemorative coins were struck to celebrate the arrival of George in July 2013 and sold out within days.

The Royal Mint produced 10,000 solid silver crown-sized £5 coins, which cost £80 each, and 2,013 22 carat gold sovereigns, which cost £800 each. Both featured the prince's namesake St George.

Babies born on the same day as George were also entitled to receive one of 2,013 free 'lucky' silver pennies.

When George turned one, the occasion was also marked by a commemorative £5 coin - making him the first member of the royal family to have his first birthday honoured with a new UK coin.

His christening was also marked with a coin.

The Royal Mint told the BBC it could not provide any further information about the new baby's £5 coin - such as the design or cost of the coin - until 'nearer the time when we are ready to launch'.