St George and Dragon Double Sovereign

St George and Dragon Double Sovereign

St George and Dragon Double Sovereign

St George and Dragon Double Sovereign

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  • St George and the Dragon Design by Angela Pistrucci,
    descendant of Benedetto Pistrucci 

  • Struck to proof quality

  • Limited to only 999 worldwide
  • Type: Single
  • Availability: Low
Price £ 1,595

Reverse: Saint George and the Dragon by Angela Benita Pistrucci. The design depicts Saint George on horseback, twisting in his saddle to plunge a broken spear into the dragon who has ensnared them in its magnificent tail. The Roman numerals read MMXVIII (2018). The inscription in Latin reads “HONI SOIT QUI MAL Y PENSE” (May he be shamed who thinks badly of it). This Latin phrase was featured in the garter of the first 1817 sovereign designed by Benedetto Pistrucci.

Obverse: Portrait of Her Majesty the Queen by Raphael Maklouf. In keeping with the traditions of the sovereign since 1489, its Latin inscription reads; ELIZABETH II DEI GRA REGINA (which reads Elizabeth II by the Grace of God).

Design Information:
Over the ages, St George continued to inspire people. The patron saint also struck a chord with his namesake, King George III. When George III wanted to introduce a new coin he picked the saint as the coin’s subject. 

The new gold Sovereign was first struck in 1817, and was designed by Italian gem engraver Benedetto Pistrucci. Pistrucci created a motif of St George slaying the dragon, and portrayed St George as a naked Greek horseman, seated on his horse whilst fighting the wounded dragon. 

The coin design has become a classic, and the coin expert Humphrey Sutherland praised it as one of the noblest innovations in English coin design from 1800 to the present day, with many collectors and historians agreeing with him.

Price£ 1,595
Specifications
Denomination :
Double Sovereign
Diameter:
28.4mm
Weight:
15.97grams
Metal:
22ct Gold
Finish:
Proof
Edition Limit:
999