On July 22, 2013, His Royal Highness Prince George Alexander Louis became the newest member of Canada's royal family. Third in line for the throne, and prince of the hearts of royal watchers everywhere, young George's birth was met with all of the joy and fanfare that accompanies such a happy event. This beautiful 99.999% pure gold coin commemorates the birth and royal family bonds of young Prince George, highlighting his connection to generations of royals.
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• The Royal Canadian Mint commemorates the royal family bonds of young Prince George with a special pure gold coin highlighting his connection to generations of royals.
• Celebrate an important moment in the history of the monarchy.
• Your coin is GST/HST exempt and has a limited worldwide mintage.
The reverse image presents Canadian artist Cathy Sabourin's interpretation of a photograph by Camera Press and features a portrait of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II with three generations of heirs to the throne: Prince Charles, Prince William and Prince George. Seated in the lower right quarter of the image, Her Majesty smiles from an elegant chair. She is attired in hat, coat, gloves, and pearls and wears a maple leaf brooch. Behind her, Prince Charles stands with his hands on the chair back. He and Prince William, who stands beside him on the left side of the image, are smiling and are attired in suits and ties. Prince William holds Prince George in his arms. The infant wears his long christening robes and sits contentedly in his father's arms with his hands crossed before him.
Though George's arrival and name were quickly announced around the world via the Internet, the young prince's entry into the public realm has been otherwise deeply intertwined with the history of the House of Windsor—the current royal house of the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth. In accordance with tradition, Prince George inherits his title and designations from his father, the current Duke of Cambridge, Earl of Strathearn, and Baron Carrickfergus. In addition, the little prince's second and third names, Alexander and Louis, bear important historical connections to royal tradition and beloved ancestors of the present royal family.
• It was Prince George's great-great-great-grandfather, George V, who officially changed the name of the royal line from the German "Saxe-Coburg" and "Gotha" to the English "Windsor" in 1917. Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II reinforced her grandfather's proclamation in 1952 and 1960 when she officially declared that thenceforth she and all of her descendants bearing the title Prince
and the style Royal Highness
would also bear the surname "Windsor."
• Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II became Queen of the Commonwealth on June 2, 1952. Her son, Prince Charles, is the current heir to the throne. His son, Prince William, is second in line—making William's son, Prince George, third.
• George's birth marks only the second time in history that Britain has hosted three living heirs to the throne of separate generations. The first instance occurred during the reign of the long-lived Queen Victoria.
• Although being heir to the royal throne carries with it the weight of years of history, Prince George arrives at a time when the monarchy itself is changing in step with modern society. Many royal-watchers are eagerly waiting to see what kind of approach George's grandfather, Prince Charles, and father, Prince William, will take not only to the throne but also to the rearing of this young heir.
• In her 2013 Christmas address from Buckingham Palace, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II spoke about her growing family, the happy occasion of her grandson's christening on October 23, 2013, and the hope and happiness for the future that the new child has brought to the Royal Family.
Your coin is encapsulated and presented in a Royal Canadian Mint-branded maroon clamshell with a black beauty box.
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Faces of the monarch
As a Commonwealth country, Canada has included the likeness—or 'effigy'—of the reigning monarch on its coins since the Royal Canadian Mint started production in 1908.
Four different versions of the current monarch, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, have appeared over the years: in 1953, 1965, 1990 and 2003. The Mint also issued a special 50-cent Golden Jubilee circulation coin in 2002, replicating the effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II that appeared on the 1953 Canadian Coronation Medallion.
Monarchs through the years
Edward VII (1902-1910)
Edward VII was Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II's great grandfather. The Latin inscription appearing around him reads EDWARDVS VII DEI GRATIA REX IMPERATOR (or D:G REX IMPERATOR, depending on the denomination), both of which mean "Edward VII, by the grace of God, the King and Emperor."
George V (1911-1936)
George V was the grandfather of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and appeared with the Latin inscription GEORGIVS V DEI GRA:REX ET IND:IMP, which means "George V, by the grace of God, the King and Emperor of India." For part of 1911, coins did not include the DEI GRA part of the inscription and became known as the "Godless" coins.
George VI (1937-1952)
Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II's father appeared in effigy on Canadian coins until his daughter's Coronation in 1952. Until 1947, the inscription accompanying his image read GEORGIVS VI D:G:REX ET IND:IMP or GEORGIVS VI DEI GRA REX ET IND:IMP (depending on the denomination). After India became independent in 1947, the ET IND:IMP, which meant “George VI, Emperor of India,” was discontinued.
Elizabeth II (1953-1964)
The effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II first appeared on Canadian coins in 1953 when she was 27 years old. The effigy pictured here was used until 1964, with the inscription ELIZABETH II DEI GRATIA REGINA, meaning "Elizabeth II, by the grace of God, the Queen."
Elizabeth II (1965-1989)
This updated effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II appeared with the inscription ELIZABETH II D G REGINA, a shortened form of the original.
Elizabeth II (1990-2002)
A new effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II was unveiled in 1990 when she was 64 years old. This was the first to be designed by a Canadian, Dora de Pédery-Hunt, and the coin kept the ELIZABETH II D G REGINA inscription.
Elizabeth II (2003-present)
Another Canadian artist, Susanna Blunt, designed the most recent effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, again accompanied by the words ELIZABETH II D G REGINA. Blunt's version recalls the effigy of George VI, who also chose to be portrayed without a crown.