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- Contains 1.177 oz of Gold.
- Includes 5 coins: all 5 production portraits of Queen Elizabeth II.
- The set may or may not include the certificate of authenticity, but comes in the original box from the mint.
- Obverse: Features the classic design of St. George and the dragon by Benedetto Pistrucci.
- Reverse: Portrays the first through fifth effigy of Queen Elizabeth II.
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In the time of George III, renowned Italian engraver Benedetto Pistrucci, who had recently arrived in London, was commissioned to produce designs for the new Gold and Silver coinage. His rousing St. George and the dragon design first appeared on coins in 1817. His work is so stirring, timeless and perfect that it has been used on the sovereign so frequently since, and has become recognized and esteemed the world over.
The release of the sovereign always generates excitement amongst collectors in the know. Gold connoisseurs and numismatists alike are always keen to acquire each new special edition and presentation set to add to their collections. These two magnificent Gold bullion coins mark 50 years of history and are loaded with significance and symbolism.
Pistrucci’s interest in St. George and the dragon had been aroused by Lady Spencer, to whom he had been introduced by Sir Joseph Banks, the President of the Royal Society and friend of William Wellesley Pole, Master of the Mint. Pistrucci’s St. George evidently appealed to Pole, who agreed that the patron saint of England would prove an excellent and distinctive reverse for the new Gold coinage. Thus, for a reported fee of 100 guineas, Pistrucci undertook to provide a jasper cameo, taking as his model an Italian servant in Brunet’s hotel in Leicester Square, London. The result is a masterpiece of numismatic art – a coin design combining such grace and dramatic impact that it now ranks as one of the best loved and most enduring of numismatic designs.
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