Benedetto Pistrucci (1783–1855) was an Italian gem-engraver, medallist
and coin engraver, probably best known for his design of Saint George
and the Dragon for the British sovereign coin. Born in Rome, he became
prominent as a cameo carver. In 1815, he moved to Britain, where he
would live for most of the rest of his life. His talent brought him to
the attention of William Wellesley-Pole, Master of the Mint. Pole
engaged Pistrucci to design new coinage, including the sovereign, which
was first issued in 1817 to mixed reactions. In 1819 he was commissioned
to create the Waterloo Medal, a huge piece some 5.3 inches (130 mm) in
diameter that the British government planned to award to the generals
and national leaders who had defeated Napoleon. He took thirty years to
complete the design, but because of the coin's great size it could not
be struck. After Pistrucci's death, the George and Dragon design was
restored to the sovereign coin, and is still used today.
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