Prince George doesn't turn 1 year old until next month, and he's already got a substantial new birthday present: It's his own 5-pound royal coin, worth about $136, and the first ever to be minted for a royal on his first birthday.
The Royal Mint announced in London today "the nation's gift to Prince George," a 5-pound crown in sterling silver, featuring the royal arms and the year 2014.
Only 7,500 will be minted and sold for 80 pounds each, or $136 at the current exchange rate.
The coin was approved by George's parents, Prince William and Duchess Kate, and great-grandmother Queen Elizabeth II, plus the Chancellor of the Exchequer (the British equivalent of secretary of the Treasury).
The design, a cross-like version of the royal arms, was created for the queen in her coronation year of 1953 but has not been struck for an important occasion since 1960.
The first birthday of a future king has been deemed important enough to issue a coin with the royal arms, representing England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
Besides, the coins minted for George's birth, on July 22, 2013, were a huge success, selling out immediately, the Royal Mint said.
Britain's infatuation with George (not to mention the media infatuation) continued this weekend when royal fans got another glimpse of the cutie princeling during an outing with Mum and Dad at a charity polo match outside London on Sunday.
Last seen wriggling in his father's arms in Australia in April during his parents' Down Under tour, George was snapped wriggling in his mother's arms at the polo field, crawling energetically, throwing a mini tantrum, playing with a ball and a polo mallet, and even taking a few steps while holding Kate's hand.
You could hear the awws from around the world.