In 2013, this most royal of years, Pistrucci’s famed design appears on a silver crown-sized £5 coin, struck to our unrivalled Proof finish. Only 10,000 coins will be available and they must satisfy demand from collectors keen to own this hugely desirable coin – for the opportunity to own St George and the dragon in sterling silver comes so very rarely. More than half those coins have already been allocated and an early order is recommended.
Pistrucci’s St George was first struck on a silver crown in 1818. Years later its beauty commended it as the Deputy Master of the Mint, Charles Fremantle, revived it for the Sovereigns of Queen Victoria in 1871. In 1887 the design was once again struck on a silver crown and was last minted in the coronation year of Edward VII. Pistrucci’s St George – one of the most famous coin designs in the world – has not been struck in silver since.
But in 2013 as we begin a new tradition and mark a royal birth – a first. St George and the dragon appears on a £5 crown-sized coin struck in sterling silver, our most famous design chosen to mark such an important event for the nation. It is both classic and unusual, as befits the arrival of the third in line to the throne. There is a strict limit of just 10,000 coins, each struck to flawless Proof quality and presented with a Certificate of Authenticity.