Five Pound Piece: Edward VII (obverse); St. George and the Dragon (reverse)

Five Pound Piece: Edward VII (obverse); St. George and the Dragon (reverse)

1902

Part of a set. See all set records

designer

after Benedetto Pistrucci

(Italian, 1784-1855)

designed by

George Edward de Saulles

(British)

Gold

Diameter: 3.7 cm (1 7/16 in.)

Weight: 39.916 g (1.41 oz.)

The Norweb Collection 1969.221

Location

Did you know?

George Edward de Saulles designed coins under Queen Victoria and King Edward VII.

Description

Struck for inclusion in the proof commemorative sets of the new coinage of the reign, this piece was unusual in having a frosted or matte surface, produced by the application of acid. Non-proof five-pound pieces were also struck, but not for circulation. George Edward de Saulles was appointed chief engraver at the Royal Mint in 1892. At his death, the position was abolished for the sake of 'greater freedom in obtaining designs." There is still, however, a body of engravers at the mint to carry out the work necessary in adapting coin designs and making the dies.

See also
Collection: 
MED - Numismatics
Department: 
Medieval Art
Type of artwork: 
Coins
Medium: 
Gold
Credit line: 
The Norweb Collection

Contact us

The information about this object, including provenance information, is based on historic information and may not be currently accurate or complete. Research on objects is an ongoing process, but the information about this object may not reflect the most current information available to CMA. If you notice a mistake or have additional information about this object, please email collectionsdata@clevelandart.org.

To request more information about this object, study images, or bibliography, contact the Ingalls Library Reference Desk.

Request a digital file from Image Services that is not available through CC0, a detail image, or any image with a color bar. If you have questions about requesting an image, please email imageservices@clevelandart.org.