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Re: Saint George and the dragon
« Reply #30 on: August 18, 2018, 05:56:34 PM »

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From the Royal Mint:

Hong Kong One Cent

When the coinage of Hong Kong was being introduced in the 1860s several trial pieces were prepared for the range of planned denominations.   The one cent piece illustrated here was one such trial, combining a crowned portrait of Queen Victoria on the obverse with several symbolic devices on the reverse, including a miniature St George and the dragon.

The reverse also includes the letters RM, for Royal Mint, and TG, the initials of the then Master of the Mint Thomas Graham. It may well have been in Thomas Graham's mind that an earlier Master, William Wellesley Pole, had gone to great pains to ensure that his initials appeared on the new half-crowns, shillings and sixpences introduced in February 1817.   As it transpired, Thomas Graham was not to have his moment of glory on the Hong Kong coinage, his initials being omitted from the designs finally approved.


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Re: Saint George and the dragon
« Reply #31 on: October 07, 2018, 03:09:38 PM »
I really like this thread. One reason is that it confirmed my suspicion that the dragon was pictured as a mild threat to the saint only. It is barely knee-height on most coins and makes no attempt to fly, even when it has wings. Georgie sits high and dry above it, in most cases jabbing at it with a sharp ten foot pole. That's as much heroism as taking care of a spider for the benefit of my grandchildren.

As I argued above, the dragon represents evil, the devil, sin. One step further is that it is the antithesis of George. George is a human, the dragon an animal. It is George's self-imposed task to defeat the dragon. It is in the nature task of the dragon to do its animal thing. Their struggle is not physical, but mental: man is besieged by evil (thoughts) he must conquer like a hero. If he succeeds, he will be a saint; if he fails, evil will devour him. It is the dark side of the force against its light side, as Hollywood has put it. The sinner Han Solo against the evil Jabba the Hutt.

An unidentified coin is a piece of metal. An identified coin is a piece of history.