The iconic Saint George returns to slay his dragon on the new edition of The Royal Mint’s remarkable bullion design. We’re very excited to introduce you to The Royal Mint’s Silver UK ‘Valiant’ Coin.

About the design

The Royal Mint has released the legendary British symbol of Saint George for the second year on this stunning 10oz silver coin. The 2019 coin design features a detailed image of George on horseback, with his lance poised and ready to strike while the dragon writhes at his feet.

The coin’s image and details are emphasised with a mixture of silver finishes. George, the dragon and some of the riding decor have a glossy finish, whereas the horse and some of the dragon detailing both have a frosted finish.

The coin specifications are written around the edge of the front of the coin. The weight and fineness of precious metal content is written above the centre image and the year of mintage at the bottom of the coin.

There are a couple of main similarities to draw on between this and the much-loved UK sovereign coins. Firstly, the layout follows a similar structure with the release year at the centre-bottom and the raised image placed in the centre. The size of the coin is also significant. Both coins feature the image of Saint George slaying the dragon, with this 10oz version allowing for a far more detailed, 3D look at this classic scene.

Photo of 10oz Silver UK Valiant 2019 Coin now available from Bleyer

2018 Valiant coin design

The first edition of this design came out in 2018 and was the first incuse bullion coin design produced by The Royal Mint. The main difference from the 2019 edition was the writing on the coin’s front. From up close, it was perfectly legible and defined the quantity and quality of the silver it contained. However, this writing wasn’t raised which meant, pitched against a highly-detailed background, the thin font was a little lost in the complexity of the background from afar.

The radial pattern that emanates from behind George was way more spectacular. The radial lines give the design even more power as George’s horse rears on its hind legs and the whole depiction is centered on our hero slaying the beast.

Photo of 10oz Silver UK Valiant 2018 Coin now available from Bleyer

Why is Saint George important?

Saint David of Wales, Saint Andrew of Scotland, Saint Patrick of Ireland. Every nation has its own patron saint. England’s patron saint is Saint George, a Roman solider, who’s death is still celebrated in the UK every year, nearly 2,000 years after his existence. The Cross of Saint George also continues to take its place amongst national pride as the official national flag of England.

Did you know – St George might be hailed as a national hero, but he was actually born more than 2,000 miles away? He’s thought to have been born in Cappodocia (modern day Turkey) and to have died in Lydda (modern day Israel) in the Roman province of Palestine in AD 303.

So, what is the significance of Saint George, and why is he still an emblem of English heritage? Well, according to historian Ian Mortimer, a patron saint did not have to be from the country they were born in. They just needed to embody the characteristics the kingdom wanted to project to the outside world.

“He almost certainly was a real historical figure, most probably a Christian Roman soldier named Georgios,” confirms Dr Michael Carter, a historian at English Heritage.

Legend has it that when George grew up he became a soldier and joined the retinue of Emperor Diocletian. What made him famous amongst Christians in particular happened in 303, when Roman Emperor Diocletian (as part of a crackdown on the growing influence of the Christian movement) ordered that all Christian soldiers be expelled from the army, renounce their Christian beliefs and make a pagan sacrifice.

Painting of Saint George holding the Cross of Saint George Flag

Saint George refused and was seen as a ‘martyr’ for Christianity. A further look into Christian theology, Dr Carter says “some stories say he was tortured for seven years, in which every conceivable horror was inflicted upon him. He was crucified, racked, broken on the wheel, boiled alive and poisoned. Legend says he’d died on three occasions and was brought back to life by Saint Michael, before being beheaded at the end.”

He was declared the country’s official saint by King Edward III just after he came to the throne in 1327, and following on from the Battle of Agincourt in 1415, Saint George’s Day became one of the most important feast days in the English calendar.

Did you know – Saint George is also the patron saint of many other countries including; Portugal, Venice, Beirut, Malta, Ethiopia, Georgia, the Palestinian terrorities, Serbia and Lithuania?

There’s so much in the legend of Saint George that resonates with English values. He’s diverse and international, and represents; honour, bravery, royal and military associations. He really is a patron of modern Britain. He also captures the classic embodiment of good vs. evil, explains Professor Peterson in this lecture snippet:

The Myth Explained

Many stories have been shared about the legend of Saint George slaying the dragon, but the true origin is still relatively unknown.

It originally appeared in stories told by the medieval Eastern Orthodox Church which were then brought back to Europe by the Crusaders in the 10th century. The story of George slaying the dragon was then further published in The Golden Legend written by 13th-century Archbishop of Genoa Jacobus de Voragine.

According to one story, a town in Libya had a small lake with a plague-infected dragon living in it. The townspeople were gradually being killed by the dragon and started feeding it two sheep a day to appease it. When they ran out of sheep the king devised a lottery system to feed it local children. One day his own daughter was chosen and as she was being led out to the lake St George happened to ride past. He reportedly offered to slay the dragon if the people were baptised and converted to Christianity. The king did as he was told, George killed the dragon and everyone was saved.

According to another story, some claim the mound at Uffington next to the White Horse in Oxfordshire is the site where St George fought the dragon, (BBC, 2010).

One thing is for sure, there are many reasons to love this legendary mythology. Saint George is an amazing personification of Great Britain and symbolises the best archetype – good conquering evil.

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The Royal Mint’s new 2019 silver Valiant has finally arrived and is now available in 10oz Silver. We also do 15 coins in a Monster boxes, so give us a call if this interests you (01769 618 618). We have limited stock in our UK office for immediate despatch so don’t delay, order today!

10oz Silver UK Valiant 2019 Coin

10oz Silver UK Valiant, 2019

  • Each 10oz silver Valiant contains 10 troy ounces (311.035 grams) of 999.9 fine silver
  • Price inclusive of VAT and insured delivery to a UK address
  • Legal tender in the UK, CGT exempt (UK)
  • Face value: £10 (GBP)
  • UK Government assurance of weight and purity
  • Coins will be supplied in hard plastic capsules
  • Bleyer Bullion is an authorised retailer of Royal Mint products
  • Order your 10oz Silver Valiant 2019 Coin today.

10oz Silver UK Valiant 2018 Coin

10oz Silver UK Valiant, 2018

  • Each 10oz silver Valiant contains 10 troy ounces (311.035 grams) of 999.9 fine silver
  • Price inclusive of VAT and insured delivery to a UK address
  • Legal tender in the UK, CGT exempt (UK)
  • Face value: £10 (GBP)
  • UK Government assurance of weight and purity
  • Coins will be supplied in hard plastic capsules
  • Bleyer Bullion is an authorised retailer of Royal Mint products
  • Order your 10oz Silver Valiant 2018 Coin today.

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