£5 coin celebrating Prince George's fifth birthday is unveiled

Sean Morrison

Prince George's fifth birthday is being celebrated with the release of a new £5 coin.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's eldest son, who is third in line to the throne and a future king, turns five on Sunday.

The Royal Mint has issued a commemorative coin to mark the occasion, featuring the legend of St George and the Dragon and the year 2018.

The coin comes in a special presentation pack entitled The Progress of a Prince.

The new coin is being released to celebrate the prince's fifth birthday (PA)

George was last seen at the christening of his baby brother Prince Louis at the Chapel Royal at St James's Palace on July 9 and in official photos marking the royal baptism.

The youngster has just completed his first year at school, attending Thomas's Battersea in south London.

The coin is being released as the prince celebrates his birthday on Sunday (PA)

He joined younger sister Princess Charlotte outside the Lindo Wing in April as they visited their new-born baby brother Louis with their father William.

Princess Charlotte and Prince George hold the hands of their father, the Duke of Cambridge, as they arrive at the Chapel Royal (PA Wire/PA Images)

Nicola Howell, director of consumer business at the Royal Mint, said: "The birth of Prince George altered the course of history in the United Kingdom and we are pleased to be marking the fifth birthday of our future king."

The Royal Mint also released coins to mark George's first and second birthdays, and his christening, and gave "lucky" silver pennies to babies born on the same day as him in 2013.

The uncirculated £5 coin costs £13.

A silver proof version is also available for £82.50, and a celebration sovereign, which will be struck on July 22 2018, is priced at £500.

Additional reporting by PA.