Silver penny to mark baby's birth

Royal Mint silver pennyProud new parents Marc and Beverly Miell have become the first to be presented with a commemorative "lucky" silver penny as their son was born just 10 minutes after the future king.

The Royal Mint is issuing 2,013 free coins to parents of newborns who share their birthday with the third-in-line to the throne.
Adam Michael Miell was born at Princess Anne Hospital in Southampton at 4.34pm yesterday, 10 minutes after the royal baby was delivered.

The Royal Mint is calling for other new parents to claim their keepsake by visiting

The coin, which is presented in a pink or blue pouch, has been marked with the year 2013 to commemorate the babies' year of birth and features a shield of the Royal Arms.

Mr Miell said he was "over the moon", adding: "We're excited to be part of the celebrations."

Crossing the palm of a new born baby with silver or offering them a silver penny has traditionally been a way of wishing them wealth and health throughout his or her life.

Parents have 60 days following the royal birth to register for the coin and they will also need to provide a copy of their child's birth certificate to qualify.

Shane Bissett, director of commemorative coin at the Royal Mint said: "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."
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