Ribble Valley baby receives Royal silver penny

13-week-old Sonny Ray Steventon with his lucky silver penny. (s)
13-week-old Sonny Ray Steventon with his lucky silver penny. (s)

Newton-in-Bowland’s very own ‘royal baby’ Sonny Ray Steventon has received a special memento to mark the fact he was born on the same day as Prince George.

Sonny, now aged 13 weeks, is the recipient of one of the Royal Mint’s ‘lucky’ silver pennies, one of 2,013 commemorative coins produced to mark the occasion of the royal birth in July.

According to traditional folklore, crossing the palm of a newborn baby with silver, or offering them a silver penny is a way of wishing them a wealthy and healthy life.

Presented in a blue pouch, the penny features a shield of the Royal Arms, which can be seen in its entirety on the £1 coin. The commemorative coin follows special releases by the Royal Mint for the Royal couple’s engagement and wedding.

Shane Bissett, director of commemorative coins at the Royal Mint, said: “The birth of the royal baby was a joyous occasion not just for Their Royal Highnesses the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge but also for the whole nation, as we celebrated another remarkable milestone in their life journey together.

“It was, however, also a special day for many parents across the country as they too welcomed their own new arrivals. We wanted to celebrate this historical moment by issuing a lucky silver penny”.