Saint George, the Dragon Slayer

A post I wrote about the transmission of myth through objects.

Stories from the Museum Floor

Myths and legends are filled with tales of fabulous beasts and tales of the bravery of larger-than-life heroes. The quests of knights to find treasure and slay dragons fill medieval grimoires and children’s storybooks alike.

Some of these legends have been told, lost and forgotten over the centuries, but some have been preserved, in the retelling, both verbal and written, and in the images adorning historical and archaeological material objects, from Greek vases to Egyptian coffins, we can decipher stories of gods, heroes and monsters. But one of the most common ways of transmitting symbols, narratives and ideas, from ancient to modern times, is through coins.

For St. George’s day, here is a look at how currency has shaped the idea of Saint George, the Dragon Slayer within the popular imagination.

Saint George, the Dragon Slayer

The image that adorns the reverse of the Sovereign has its origins back in…

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