PRINCE George of Cambridge's first birthday is being marked with a commemorative £5 coin.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's son is the first member of the Royal Family to have his first ­birthday honoured with a new UK coin.

William and Kate, along with George's great-grandmother, the Queen, and Chancellor George Osborne approved the design of the sterling silver piece, which bears the heraldic royal arms and the year 2014.

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Shane Bissett, director of commemorative coin and bullion at the Royal Mint, said: "As Prince George of Cambridge reaches the significant milestone, we felt there could be no more fitting design to mark the first birthday of our future king than the royal arms -the arms of the monarch -minted in honour of the future heir to the throne."