Two Pound Piece: George III (obverse); St. George and the Dragon (reverse)

Two Pound Piece: George III (obverse); St. George and the Dragon (reverse)

1820

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designed by

after Benedetto Pistrucci

(Italian, 1784-1855)

Gold

Diameter: 2.9 cm (1 1/8 in.)

Weight: 15.988 g (0.56 oz.)

The Norweb Collection 1969.213

Location

Did you know?

Benedetto Pistrucci was an Italian gem and coin engraver, medallist, and carver of cameos.

Description

The five- and two-pound pieces struck for George III were only struck as patterns in this, the last year of the his reign. No pieces of either denomination were put into circulation. This very rare piece shows Pistrucci's Saint George as modified by Wyon. In the original the lance is broken; here the lance a been converted by Wyon into a sword, and it has appeared thus in future coinage. Later, in currency issues, the streamer disappears for a time for the helmet.

See also
Collection: 
MED - Numismatics
Department: 
Medieval Art
Type of artwork: 
Coins
Medium: 
Gold
Credit line: 
The Norweb Collection

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