The 2012 Sovereign reverse designer

Paul Day, British sculptor, currently living in France. The 2012 sovereign is Paul’s first design for the Royal Mint. Paul’s design was chosen from a number of designs put in front of the Royal Mint Advisory Committee as a result of a design competition including a total of five designers.

‘I have chosen to opt for a Romantic version of the St George and the dragon theme - a medieval knight of Arthurian legend rather than a classical hero. I have given the dragon a more threatening attitude and size, so that it represents a real menace and not a weak foe.

‘I have always been attracted to detail which requires a closer look to be unpicked and fully understood. I have deliberately left very little empty space. This is to make the reverse as engaging as possible and in complete contrast to the obverse.’

Some of Paul’s most well known work include:

The Meeting Place at St Pancras Station

The Meeting Place at St Pancras Station

Memorial dedicated to The Queen Mother and George VI

A memorial on the Mall dedicated to The Queen Mother and George VI