William Wyon is one of history’s greatest coin designers. Born in England in 1795, his father was an engraver of medals and coins, his uncle a die engraver, and his cousin Thomas was Chief Engraver of The Royal Mint from 1815 to 1817. So it was perhaps inevitable that young William would pursue a career in the coin industry too.
As an ambitious 22-year-old Assistant Engraver, he created his neoclassical masterpiece: The Three Graces. While it never went into production, around 50 test ‘Pattern Pieces’ were produced which became collectors’ items as Wyon’s reputation grew.
It is, without doubt, a Masterpiece.