Royalty and St. George and the Dragon top 10 facts


British Royal Mint and Baby George’s commemorative coin is Benedetto Pistrucci’s St. George and the dragon !!

Our flagship coin, the Sovereign, is known and recognised throughout the world. It’s our most famous coin and shows St George, the patron saint of England for more than 650 years. We are thrilled that in 2013 this is a real tribute to the new Royal baby Prince George! The legend of St George and the Dragon symbolises the triumph of good over evil. It’s been familiar for many centuries, for instance in colourful wall paintings in medieval churches and on the badges of pilgrims. The St George and the Dragon design by Benedetto Pistrucci was first used on gold Sovereigns in 1817. His neo-classical depiction is a masterpiece and has appeared on the coinage of every British monarch since George III, with the single exception of William IV (1830-1837). The Royal Birth £5 Crown is the first time in over 100 years that Pistrucci’s St George and the Dragon has appeared on a silver crown. It was last seen on a silver coin for the Coronation year of Edward VII in 1902. St George and the Dragon first appeared on the English coinage in the reign of King Henry VIII. These ‘George nobles’ are very rare and much desired by collectors. Six Kings have been named George, the first four reigning in succession from 1714 to 1830. George V was The Queen’s grandfather and George VI was her father, who died in 1952. Only Henry and Edward have featured more frequently as Kings’ names, both appearing eight times. George V was the founder of the Windsor Dynasty in 1917. He used a version of St George and the Dragon for his Silver Jubilee crown in 1935. With the personal approval of George VI (The Queen’s father) a version of Pistrucci’s design was used for the centre of the George Cross, Britain’s highest civilian award for gallantry. At the same time another version of St George and the Dragon was used for the reverse of the George Medal, based on the bookplate used in the Royal Library at Windsor. St George and the Dragon also appeared in 1663 in the design on the reverse of the famous petition crown of Charles II (now on loan from our own collection to the exhibition at the Tower of London). St George and the Dragon is also familiar as the badge of the Order of the Garter, Britain’s oldest order of chivalry dating back over 650 years to the reign of Edward III. The link with the Royal Family is emphasised by the location of St George’s Chapel within the walls of Windsor Castle. – See more at:

Oil Paint medium Recipe – Cold Wax paste

1 part: Beeswax
3 parts: Turpentine
In a double-boiler, melt the beeswax (break into chunks). Remove from heat. Stir in turpentine until a soft paste forms(if possible, do this outdoors). You can make this thinner by adding up to 6 parts turpentine.

Always use proper ventilation when working with solvents.

Wax, damar resin, oil
4 parts: Beeswax
1 part: Damar crystals
1 part: Sun thickened linseed oil
12 parts: Turpentine
Melt wax, linseed oil carefully in a double boiler. Remove from heat and add damar crystals and turpentine. For a thick, buttery, but light consistency in an oil paint, wax combines well with fast drying soft resin and heavy oil.

Fill a jar with chunks of beeswax and pour in orange oil, cap and let sit at room temperature for a couple of days, shaking or stirring once in a while. No heating is required at all. Jeanne suggests that you can try adding damar crystals also, though this is not something she herself has done.

The Internet Angler Blog by Anne Jarvis


The Internet Angler

-A witty widow’s adventures in online dating on the experienced side of fifty- An irreverent and unflinching portrayal of the joys and hazards of courtship rituals circa 2013. This is a work of fiction. Any resemblance of characters to actual persons, living or dead, is purely coincidental.

Gloucester Cathedral & Experience

I just love cathedral ceilings – the beauty astounds!

The Rag Tree

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Genius anticipates our best achievements; perhaps this is no where clearer than in architecture. The fan vaulting in Gloucester Cathedral combines the mathematical considerations of engineering with organic form in a way that underlines the unity of experience.

And GC is the place where fan vaulting was invented, way back in the 1350’s. It’s hard to improve on some things. RT


Photo: Cloister, Gloucester Cathedral. Chris Gunns; Geograph project collection. WikiCmns; CC 2.0 Generic.

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