2017 is the bicentenary of one of the most famous coin designs in the world. In 1817 the Italian sculptor and engraver Benedetto Pistrucci (1783-1855), described at the time as “an artist of the greatest celebrity” created an iconic depiction of Saint George and the Dragon which continues to be struck on gold sovereigns to this day. Pistrucci was buried in Christ Church, Virginia Water in Surrey, where a plaque will be unveiled in his honour this weekend.
To mark this important anniversary, The London Mint Office has commissioned internationally renowned Canadian artist Angela Pistrucci to create a new interpretation of her great-great-great-great uncle’s most enduring work. The Government of Gibraltar obtained permission from Buckingham Palace to use Angela’s design on their 2017 gold sovereigns, and the new coin was unveiled to great acclaim at the 46th World Money Fair in Berlin earlier this year.
Exclusively available from The London Mint Office, the 22 carat gold quarter sovereign pays tribute to Benedetto Pistrucci’s most famous design and is being offered at a very special price.
Managing Director of The London Mint Office, Greg Prosser said: “This is an affordable way to own real gold. The price of the new gold quarter sovereign brings it to the attention of a whole new audience, so we expect demand to be extremely high. Benedetto Pistrucci’s Saint George and the Dragon design was timeless, and so this is a remarkable tribute to the iconic craftsmanship that appears to run in the family. Angela’s intricate work is one of the most stunning designs we have been involved with.”
Angela only truly understood the significance of her ancestor as an adult when she researched her family history, discovering that she and Benedetto shared a passion for cameos and relief sculpture. “Never in my wildest dreams”, she said “would I have believed that someday I would step into my ancestor’s shoes and design the sovereign.”
To prepare herself for this unique opportunity to follow in her ancestor’s footsteps, Angela won a scholarship to study Bas Relief in Rome at the prestigious Italian Mint IPZS which has an archive of Benedetto Pistrucci’s work on permanent display in their museum. Like her famous ancestor, Angela’s work has also been exhibited throughout the world.
The full range of sovereigns featuring Angela Pistrucci’s new interpretation of Saint George and the Dragon are exclusively available in the UK from The London Mint Office.
To obtain your gold quarter sovereign, please call 0808 178 2370 (lines open Monday – Friday 9am-5:30pm & Saturday 9am-1pm).