Though British sovereign coins might be the most recognized source of
coins recalling the legend of St. George Slaying the Dragon, many
other coins highlight the tale.
An 18th century example of a St. George silver taler issued in what
is modern-day Kremnitz, Slovakia, recently offered in Emporium
Hamburg’s April 23 and 24 auction, also tells the legend. Graded
Extremely Fine to Very Fine, the coin realized a hammer price of €90
(about $97 in U.S. funds), with buyer’s fee varying depending on buyer location.
As the tale in the Golden Legends records, St. George was
traveling in Libya when he reached a town that was home to a
The residents tried to appease the dragon by first feeding it sheep
and then humans, until the king’s daughter was selected by lottery as
the dragon’s next meal. St. George happened to pass by the lake when
the daughter (dressed as a bride) was being sent to her planned death.
Instead, St. George charged at the dragon, striking it with his
lance and, with the princess’ help, brought it into town. He offered
to kill the dragon if the townspeople would convert to Christianity.
The scene of St. George and the dragon, with the princess in the
background, is captured on the obverse of the silver coin.
The reverse shows another incident related to Christianity, of Jesus
on a ship in the Sea of Galilee, with two apostles, amid a storm. In
three accounts in the Bible, Jesus, awakened by the frightened
apostles, calms a storm and counsels the men on lacking faith.
The legend on the reverse in Latin translates loosely to “In times
of storms, there is security.”
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