He studied art in Leeds, and in 1914 attended the Royal College of Art London. He produced many designs for Ashtead Pottery between 1923 and 1936. One of his noted sculptural works is the bronze war memorial in Durban, South Africa.
Metcalfe designed the first coinage of the Irish Free State in 1928. He was responsible for the design of the George Cross in 1940, particularly the head of King George VI on it; and was involved in the design of the Great Seal of the Realm. He produced designs for coinage of several countries including Ireland and Australia. He created a portrait of King George V which was used as the obverse for coins of Australia, Canada, Fiji, Mauritius, New Zealand and Southern Rhodesia.
In the 1930s Metcalfe designed car mascots.
In 2010, the Central Bank of Ireland issued euro coins featuring Metcalfe's Irish coin designs with slight modifications to represent the "new generation." This was the first time his work was presented on the euro currency.
- Biographical details of Percy Metcalfe in: Mapping the Practice and Profession of Sculpture in Britain and Ireland 1851-1951, University of Glasgow History of Art and HATII, online database 2011, accessed 20 April 2014.
- Percy Metcalfe
- Ashtead Potters - Pottery Figures
- Office, Dublin Mint, Limited Edition Solid Sterling Silver Coin honouring Percy Metcalfe's original equestrian design, retrieved 2013-10-15
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