Chief Engraver from 1828 until his death in 1851, many collectors consider William Wyon RA to be one of the finest artists to have ever worked on British coinage. Part of a dynasty, his uncle Thomas, cousin Thomas Junior and son Leonard all achieved prominence at The Royal Mint and his time here coincided with that of another highly acclaimed artist – Benedetto Pistrucci. This was a golden age for British numismatics fuelled by the intense rivalry of two very different characters.
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THE GREAT ENGRAVERS
Struck in history. A timeless collection revived with state-of-the-art innovation and technology. Discover them hereRead more
UNA AND THE LION
Widely considered one of the world’s most beautiful coins, Una and the Lion is a fitting choice for the first coin in our series celebrating the greatest engravers to have worked on British coinage.Read more
A Prolific Artist
Wyon’s output between 1816 and 1851 was as impressive as it was prolific, beginning with the Three Graces pattern crown of 1817, the seated Britannia of the 1820s, the lion sixpences and shillings of George IV, and a regal Una and the Lion on the famous five-pound piece of 1839Read more