We at the London Mint Office are very proud to launch a classical an iconic design remastered. Redesigned centuries later by a member of the original artists own family.
2017 marks the 200th anniversary of Britain’s most famous gold coin, the modern Sovereign. With only a few exceptions, every UK Sovereign struck since 1817 has featured the same depiction of St George slaying the dragon. This now iconic design was created by Italian sculptor and engraver Benedetto Pistrucci (1783-1855) who became Chief Medalist for The Royal Mint.
Benedetto Pistrucci’s famous George and the Dragon design.
A model poses for Angela Pistrucci during her sketching of the 2017 Sovereign Design.
While in Rome, Angela began working on a new Saint George and the Dragon design to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the modern sovereign. Her work – seen on the 2017 Pistrucci Sovereign – presents this ancient story in a contemporary style, while still reflecting the legacy of Benedetto Pistrucci’s iconic 1817 sovereign. Drawing on some of the early depictions of Saint George and on the history and art that surrounded her in Rome as well on her own family connection to the city, Angela’s 2017 Pistrucci Sovereign recasts Benedetto’s Greek saint as a Roman soldier.
Angela Pistrucci’s original drawing for the 1817 Sovereign.
It draws on the composition of the 1817 sovereign, featuring the rearing horse, the rider pulled close in to his horse’s neck, the twist of the dragon’s neck, and the re-appearance of the spear. Where Benedetto’s horse’s head could be considered too small, that seen on the 2017 Pistrucci Sovereign design is correctly proportioned at about three times the length of a man’s head.
|Angela Pistrucci’s Sovereign Design|
|The 2017 Sovereign Design by Angela Pistrucci exclusive to the London Mint Office|