Royal Mint to produce commemorative silver pennies

Babies who are born on the same day as the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s first child are to receive a free “lucky” silver penny, the Royal Mint has announced today.

The Royal Mint will be giving away 2,013 of the pennies at an estimated cost of more than £50,000.

The penny, which will be 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.

Parents of newborns who share their birthday with the third-in-line to the throne need to apply online for one of the 2,013 coins that have been struck by visiting Facebook.com/theroyalmint.

Royal Mint to produce commemorative silver pennies

 

Nice idea, but two questions arise:

1. Why, when there is so much concern about gender stereotyping of children, are the coins to be presented in pink or blue pouches?
2. Why should parents only be able to register via Facebook, whose attitude to personal privacy and data abuse is open to such question?