Information about effigy: St George the Dragon-Slayer

St George the Dragon-Slayer
United Kingdom / Half Sovereign 1980 (Proof only)

Saint George (Greek: Γεώργιος, Geṓrgios; Latin: Georgius; died 23 April 303), also George of Lydda, was a soldier of Cappadocian Greek origins, member of the Praetorian Guard for Roman emperor Diocletian, who was sentenced to death for refusing to recant his Christian faith. He became one of the most venerated saints and megalo-martyrs in Christianity, and he has been especially venerated as a military saint since the Crusades. In hagiography, as one of the Fourteen Holy Helpers and one of the most prominent military saints, he is immortalised in the legend of Saint George and the Dragon.

As a highly celebrated saint in both the Western and Eastern Christian churches, Saint George is connected with a large number of patronages throughout the world, and his iconography can be found on the flags and coats of arms of a number of cities and countries. In his aspect as a saint protector of a country, he can be seen on the Medieval coinage of Serbia and Bulgaria.

In his military aspect as a dragon slayer, his depiction can be seen on Russian coins from the 16th century onwards, up to modern circulating and bullion coinage.

In England, the cult of St George pre-dates the Norman conquest. Later, King Edward III (reigned 1327 - 1377) was known for promoting the codes of knighthood and in 1348 founded the Order of the Garter. During his reign, George came to be recognised as the patron saint of the English monarchy.

The most famous depiction of St George slaying the dragon is on British sovereign coinage, with the classic design by Benedetto Pisrucci still issued today, more than two centuries after it was created.

St George the Dragon-Slayer - Example/s on coins
United Kingdom / Half Sovereign 1980 (Proof only)

St George the Dragon-Slayer on British gold coinage

United Kingdom / Half Sovereign 1980 (Proof only)

This classic design has been used on various Sovereign denominations for more than two centuries.

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CountryNameMintageLegend
United Kingdom Sovereign 1974 5,002,566 ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRATIA · REGINA · F : D :
United Kingdom Sovereign 1976 4,150,000 ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRATIA · REGINA · F : D :
United Kingdom Sovereign 1978 6,550,000 ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRATIA · REGINA · F : D :
United Kingdom Sovereign 1979 9,150,000 ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRATIA · REGINA · F : D :
United Kingdom Five Sovereigns 1980 (Proof only) 10,000 ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRATIA · REGINA · F : D :
United Kingdom Double Sovereign 1980 (Proof only) 10,000 ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRATIA · REGINA · F : D :
United Kingdom Half Sovereign 1980 (Proof only) 76,700 ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRATIA · REGINA · F : D :
United Kingdom Sovereign 1980 5,181,200 ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRATIA · REGINA · F : D :
United Kingdom Five Sovereigns 1981 (Proof only) 5,400 ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRATIA · REGINA · F : D :
United Kingdom Sovereign 1981 5,032,960 ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRATIA · REGINA · F : D :
United Kingdom Half Sovereign 1982 2,519,090 ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRATIA · REGINA · F : D :
United Kingdom Five Sovereigns 1982 (Proof only) 2,500 ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRATIA · REGINA · F : D :
United Kingdom Sovereign 1982 2,970,000 ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRATIA · REGINA · F : D :
United Kingdom Double Sovereign 1982 (Proof only) 2,500 ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRATIA · REGINA · F : D :
United Kingdom Sovereign 1983 (Proof only) 21,250 ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRATIA · REGINA · F : D :
United Kingdom Half Sovereign 1983 (Proof only) 19,710 ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRATIA · REGINA · F : D :
United Kingdom Double Sovereign 1983 (Proof only) 13,000 ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRATIA · REGINA · F : D :
United Kingdom Sovereign 1984 (Proof only) 12,880 ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRATIA · REGINA · F : D :
United Kingdom Half Sovereign 1984 (Proof only) 12,410 ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRATIA · REGINA · F : D :
United Kingdom Five Sovereigns 1984 23,104 ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRATIA · REGINA · F : D :
United Kingdom Half Sovereign 1985 (Proof only) 9,951 ELIZABETH II DEI · GRA · REG · F · D
United Kingdom Double Sovereign 1985 (Proof only) 5,849 ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA · REG · F · D
United Kingdom Sovereign 1985 (Proof only) 11,393 ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA · REG · F · D
United Kingdom Five Sovereigns 1985 19,756 ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA · REG · F · D
United Kingdom Five Sovereigns 1986 7,723 ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA · REG · F · D
United Kingdom Half Sovereign 1986 (Proof only) 4,575 ELIZABETH II DEI · GRA · REG · F · D
United Kingdom Sovereign 1986 (Proof only) 5,079 ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA · REG · F · D
United Kingdom Five Sovereigns 1987 5,694 ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA · REG · F · D
United Kingdom Double Sovereign 1987 (Proof only) 1,801 ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA · REG · F · D
United Kingdom Half Sovereign 1987 (Proof only) 8,187 ELIZABETH II DEI · GRA · REG · F · D
United Kingdom Sovereign 1987 (Proof only) 9,979 ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA · REG · F · D
United Kingdom Half Sovereign 1988 (Proof only) 7,074 ELIZABETH II DEI · GRA · REG · F · D
United Kingdom Five Sovereigns 1988 3,315 ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA · REG · F · D
United Kingdom Sovereign 1988 (Proof only) 7,670 ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA · REG · F · D
United Kingdom Double Sovereign 1988 (Proof only) 1,551 ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA · REG · F · D
United Kingdom Double Sovereign 1990 (Proof only) 716 ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA · REG · F · D
United Kingdom Sovereign 1990 (Proof only) 4,767 ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA · REG · F · D
United Kingdom Half Sovereign 1990 (Proof only) 4,231 ELIZABETH II DEI · GRA · REG · F · D
United Kingdom Five Sovereigns 1990 2,947 ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA · REG · F · D
United Kingdom Half Sovereign 1991 (Proof only) 3,588 ELIZABETH II DEI · GRA · REG · F · D
United Kingdom Five Sovereigns 1991 2,312 ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA · REG · F · D
United Kingdom Sovereign 1991 (Proof only) 4,713 ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA · REG · F · D
United Kingdom Double Sovereign 1991 (Proof only) 620 ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA · REG · F · D
United Kingdom Half Sovereign 1992 (Proof only) 3,783 ELIZABETH · II DEI · GRA · REG · F · D
United Kingdom Five Sovereigns 1992 1,962 ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA · REG · F · D
United Kingdom Sovereign 1992 (Proof only) 4,772 ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA · REG · F · D
United Kingdom Double Sovereign 1992 (Proof only) 476 ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA · REG · F · D
United Kingdom Sovereign 1993 (Proof only) 4,349 ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA · REG · F · D
United Kingdom Half Sovereign 1993 (Proof only) 2,910 ELIZABETH II DEI · GRA · REG · F · D
United Kingdom Double Sovereign 1993 (Proof only) 414 ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA · REG · F · D
United Kingdom Five Sovereigns 1993 1,984 ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA · REG · F · D
United Kingdom Double Sovereign 1996 (Proof only) 742 ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA · REG · F · D
United Kingdom Sovereign 1994 (Proof only) 4,998 ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA · REG · F · D
United Kingdom Five Sovereigns 1994 1,918 ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA · REG · F · D
United Kingdom Half Sovereign 1994 (Proof only) 5,000 ELIZABETH II DEI · GRA · REG · F · D
United Kingdom Half Sovereign 1995 (Proof only) 4,900 ELIZABETH II DEI · GRA · REG · F · D
United Kingdom Sovereign 1995 (Proof only) 7,500 ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA · REG · F · D
United Kingdom Five Sovereigns 1995 1,718 ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA · REG · F · D
United Kingdom Half Sovereign 1996 (Proof only) 5,730 ELIZABETH II DEI · GRA · REG · F · D
United Kingdom Five Sovereigns 1996 1,643 ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA · REG · F · D
United Kingdom Sovereign 1996 (Proof only) 7,500 ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA · REG · F · D
United Kingdom Sovereign 1997 (Proof only) 7,500 ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA · REG · F · D
United Kingdom Five Sovereigns 1997 1,662 ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA · REG · F · D
United Kingdom Half Sovereign 1997 (Proof only) 7,500 ELIZABETH II DEI · GRA · REG · F · D
United Kingdom Five Sovereigns 1998 1,614 ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA REGINA · FID · DEF
United Kingdom Half Sovereign 1998 (Proof only) 6,147 ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA REGINA · FID · DEF
United Kingdom Double Sovereign 1998 (Proof only) 1,349 ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA REGINA · FID · DEF
United Kingdom Sovereign 1998 (Proof only) 10,000 ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA REGINA · FID · DEF
United Kingdom Sovereign 1999 (Proof only) 11,903 ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA REGINA · FID · DEF
United Kingdom Half Sovereign 1999 (Proof only) 9,403 ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA REGINA · FID · DEF
United Kingdom Double Sovereign 2000 (Proof only) 2,250 ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA REGINA · FID · DEF
United Kingdom Five Sovereigns 2000 1,994 ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA REGINA · FID · DEF
United Kingdom Half Sovereign 2000 154,280 ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA REGINA · FID · DEF
United Kingdom Sovereign 2000 138,978 ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA REGINA · FID · DEF
United Kingdom Sovereign 2001 58,377 ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA REGINA · FID · DEF
United Kingdom Five Sovereigns 2001 2,000 ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA REGINA · FID · DEF
United Kingdom Half Sovereign 2001 99,359 ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA REGINA · FID · DEF
United Kingdom Half Sovereign 2003 52,686 ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA REGINA · FID · DEF
United Kingdom Sovereign 2003 55,663 ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA REGINA · FID · DEF
United Kingdom Double Sovereign 2003 (Proof only) 3,787 ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA REGINA · FID · DEF
United Kingdom Half Sovereign 2004 39,370 ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA REGINA · FID · DEF
United Kingdom Sovereign 2004 40,863 ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA REGINA · FID · DEF
United Kingdom Five Sovereigns 2004 2,749 ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA REGINA · FID · DEF
United Kingdom Double Sovereign 2005 (Proof only) 2,958 ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA REGINA · FID · DEF
United Kingdom Sovereign 2005 Modern St George 58,042 ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA REGINA · FID · DEF
United Kingdom Five Sovereigns 2005 3,097 ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA REGINA · FID · DEF
United Kingdom Half Sovereign 2005 35,310 ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA REGINA · FID · DEF
United Kingdom Double Sovereign 2006 (Proof only) 2,290 ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA REGINA · FID · DEF
United Kingdom Five Sovereigns 2006 2,481 ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA REGINA · FID · DEF
United Kingdom Half Sovereign 2006 unknown ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA REGINA · FID · DEF
United Kingdom Sovereign 2006 unknown ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA REGINA · FID · DEF
United Kingdom Double Sovereign 2007 (Proof only) 2,401 ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA REGINA · FID · DEF
United Kingdom Sovereign 2007 unknown ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA REGINA · FID · DEF
United Kingdom Five Sovereigns 2007 2,518 ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA REGINA · FID · DEF
United Kingdom Half Sovereign 2007 unknown ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA REGINA · FID · DEF
United Kingdom Sovereign 2008 unknown ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA REGINA · FID · DEF
United Kingdom Five Sovereigns 2008 2,500 ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA REGINA · FID · DEF
United Kingdom Double Sovereign 2008 (Proof only) 2,333 ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA REGINA · FID · DEF
United Kingdom Half Sovereign 2008 unknown ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA REGINA · FID · DEF
United Kingdom Five Sovereigns 2009 2,750 ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA REGINA · FID · DEF
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