1993 Benedetto Pistrucci Centenary Collection Gold Proof Four Coin Sovereign Set
Coins In 1993 Pistrucci Sovereign Set
- 1993 Gold Proof Five Sovereign
- 1993 Gold Proof Double Sovereign
- 1993 Gold Proof Sovereign
- 1993 Gold Proof Half Sovereign
- Pistrucci Silver Proof Medallion
Four proof UK Sovereign coins struck to standard specifications in 22-carat gold. Total weight of gold coins in set: 67.88 grams. Actual gold weight: 62.23 grams.
Offered in the original purple-leather Royal Mint case of issue with a numbered certificate of authenticity enclosed. The set also includes a silver medallion and a dated rectangular plaque bearing the date and the royal cypher.
Who Is Benedetto Pistrucci?
Born in Rome in 1783, Benedetto Pistrucci trained as a gem engraver, moving to England in the aftermath of the Napoleonic Wars. His talent caught the eye of important patrons, leading to coinage commissions, associated with the Great Recoinage of 1816. Dissatisfied with how his designs were interpreted by Royal Mint engravers, Pistrucci taught himself how to engrave coins. His most famous work is the Saint George and the dragon motif that was used on the first modern Sovereigns, issued in 1817. This image of England's patron saint is instantly recognisable to all collectors of British coins and has become closely associated with the Sovereign. His later career would be focused on refining the Waterloo Medal which he eventually completed in 1849, decades after it was commissioned.
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