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1993 Benedetto Pistrucci Centenary Collection Gold Proof Four Coin Sovereign Set

1993 Benedetto Pistrucci Centenary Collection Gold Proof Four Coin Sovereign Set Boxed
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Four coin gold proof Sovereign set from The Royal Mint. This pre-owned set was released in 1993 to celebrate a century since the first four coin Sovereign set was issued with the classic St George and the dragon motif. This instantly recognisable design was created by Italian artist Benedetto Pistrucci (1783-1855) for the first modern Sovereigns. While today the design is synonymous with these 22-carat gold coins there was a long period during the nineteenth century when an alternate shield design was utilised. The St George engraving was only revived late in the reign of Queen Victoria and has for the last hundred years been a perennial presence on these gold coins. This 1993 commemorative set contains a Five Sovereign, Double Sovereign, 'full' Sovereign and Half Sovereign, all featuring the image of England's patron saint, mounted on a rearing horse with the date below. The obverse of each coin shows Raphael Maklouf's definitive currency portrait of Queen Elizabeth II. Also included is a medal featuring a portrait of Benedetto Pistrucci, inspired by a cameo portrait by his daughter. The other side shows variant Sovereign designs from 1817, 1821 and 1893, illustrating how the design was modified down the years. Just 1,250 of these 4-coin sets were issued by The Royal Mint in 1993 and we are offering this one in its original presentation packaging with a numbered certificate of authenticity enclosed. A great addition to any modern Sovereign collection.
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Coins In 1993 Pistrucci Sovereign Set

Specification

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.

Presentation

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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