Benedetto Pistrucci – The Man Behind The Design

There is a myriad of designs that adorn coins all over the world. From shields and floral wreaths, to coats of arms and cyphers. But one particular design, many believe, stands head and shoulders above the rest. The design is that of St George and the Dragon – on the reverse of the sovereign of King George III created in 1817. But what of its designer, Benedetto Pistrucci? Here, we take a brief look back at his life, from his early years, growing up and being educated in Rome, to his time at the Royal Mint and the creation of this iconic design.

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