Babies born on the same day as Kate Middleton and Prince William’s eagerly awaited bundle of joy will be sent a “lucky” silver penny to celebrate the arrival of the future heir to the British throne. The due date of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s first child is this Thursday.
According to a time-honored tradition, crossing the palm of newborn babies with silver is a way of wishing them health, wealth and luck.
Each day, about 2,000 babies are born in the United Kingdom, so the Royal Mint has prepared 2,013 coins that may be redeemed for free at the Mint’s Facebook page.
Parents of babies sharing the royal birthday must provide a copy of their own baby’s birth certificate to qualify. Each coin is worth £28, or $48.63. Us Weekly reported that the royal baby will receive one, as well.
The special commemorative coin, which will be presented in a pink or blue pouch, is stamped with the year 2013 and features a shield of the Royal Arms. On the reverse side is the image of Queen Elizabeth.
An accompanying teddy bear card in pink or blue will read: “Solid sterling silver good luck penny struck for your baby boy/girl.”
The 2013 lucky silver penny is available to the general public for £28 at http://www.royalmint.com.