Twenty Pounds 2013 St George, Coin from United Kingdom - detailed information

Twenty Pounds 2013 St George, Coin from United Kingdom
CoinTwenty Pounds 2013 St George

The Twenty Pounds (£20) is a non-circulating legal tender (NCLT) coin issued by the Royal Mint since 2013.

The denomination is used to mark special occasions, usually royal in theme, and is not intended for general circulation - which is served by a banknote of the same value instead. The coins are legal tender, but contrary to popular belief this does not mean that banks and retailers automatically have to accept them (in practice, they do not accept them).

This is the first £20 coin issued by the Royal Mint. It celebrates the birth of a son to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and was issued in parallel with a commemorative £5 Crown-sized Royal Birth coin with the same design.

Prince George of Cambridge (George Alexander Louis) was born on 22 July 2013. He is the eldest child of Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, and third in the line of succession to the British throne behind his grandfather (Prince Charles) and his father. As he is one day expected to become king, his birth was widely celebrated across the Commonwealth realms.

This coin revives the reverse design of Victorian-era Crown coins, showing the iconic scene of St George slaying the dragon - a design better know for being used on the gold Sovereign coinage, created by Royal Mint engraver Benedetto Pistrucci almost two centuries earlier, in 1817.

The coin has no varieties - it was issued in Silver only - carded, in Brilliant Uncirculated grade, with an issue price of £20.00 - i.e. sold at face value, product code UK13FVS.

MintRoyal Mint Mint MarkNo mint mark Total Mintage250,000
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Obverse
United Kingdom / Twenty Pounds 2013 St George - obverse photo

The obverse shows the crowned mature head of Queen Elizabeth II facing right (her effigy known as the "Fourth Portrait"). The Queen wears the "Girls of Great Britain and Ireland" diamond tiara, a wedding gift from Queen Mary (Her Majesty's grandmother) in 1947 - which she also has on the Machin and the Gottwald portraits.

In tiny letters below the head, the artist's initials IRB (for Ian Rank-Broadley).

Around the effigy is the monarch's legend and the date: ELIZABETH · II D · G · REG · F · D TWENTY POUNDS. Translated from Latin: Elizabeth the Second, by the Grace of God, Queen, Defender of the Faith, followed by the value and denomination in English.

Obverse Inscription ELIZABETH · II D · G · REG · F · D TWENTY POUNDS
Reverse
United Kingdom / Twenty Pounds 2013 St George - reverse photo

The reverse depicts, within a beaded border, an illustration of the legend of St George as the slayer of the dragon.

St George is on horseback, advancing to right, wearing a helmet and chlamys (cape, or cloak) fastened in front by a fibula, and holding a sword. His left hand clutches the rein of the horse's bridle, and he does not wear armour, other than on his lower legs and feet, with his toes bare. The saint's horse appears to be half attacking, half shrinking from the dragon, which lies wounded by George's spear and in the throes of death. The point of a spear is broken off in the dragon’s side; the shaft lays on the ground behind the horse.

In exergue, the date: 2013.

Below the exergue line at right are the artist's initials B.P. (for Benedetto Pistrucci).

Reverse Inscription 2013
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All (12) coins of type: Twenty Pounds
Coin NameMintageEffigyLegend
Twenty Pounds 2013 St George 250,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH · II D · G · REG · F · D TWENTY POUNDS
Twenty Pounds 2014 WW1 - Outbreak 141,751 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH · II D · G · REG · F · D TWENTY POUNDS
Twenty Pounds 2015 Churchill 132,142 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH · II · D · G · REG · F · D 20 POUNDS · 2015
Twenty Pounds 2015 Longest Reigning Monarch 149,408 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 20 POUNDS · 2015 ·
Twenty Pounds 2016 Queen's 90th Birthday 116,354 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 20 POUNDS · 2016 ·
Twenty Pounds 2016 Welsh Dragon unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · DEI · GRA · REG · FID · DEF · 2016 ·
Twenty Pounds 2016 Christmas 29,929 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 20 POUNDS ·
Twenty Pounds 2017 Platinum Wedding 24,223 ELIZABETH II D G REG F D · PHILIP PRINCEPS · 20 POUNDS
Twenty Pounds 2017 Welsh Dragon unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · DEI · GRA · REG · FID · DEF · 2017 ·
Twenty Pounds 2018 Welsh Dragon unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · DEI · GRA · REG · FID · DEF · 2018 ·
Twenty Pounds 2019 Welsh Dragon unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · DEI · GRA · REG · FID · DEF · 2019 ·
Twenty Pounds 2020 Welsh Dragon unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · DEI · GRA · REG · FID · DEF · 2020 ·
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Twenty Pounds 2013 St George: Details
CountryUnited Kingdom
CurrencyPound Sterling
Coin TypeTwenty Pounds
Issued2013
MonarchQueen Elizabeth II
EffigyQueen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait, by Ian Rank-Broadley
Face Value20 (x Pound)
Circulation MintageNone
Total Mintage250,000
CurrentYes
Material0.999 Silver
DesignerBenedetto Pistrucci
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size27.000 mm
Mass15.710 g
OCC IDLBRP-ORRC-BLWD-OMNY
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2013 UK Coin £20 BU St. George & Dragon
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