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1821 King George IV Gold Full Sovereign Pistrucci Laureate Head

1821 King George IV Gold Full Sovereign Pistrucci Laureate Head Obverse

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£2,250.00
Laureat portrait 1821 gold 'full' Sovereign of King George IV (ruled 1820 to 1830). Obverse: left-facing portrait of the King wearing a wreath of laurels, tied at the nape of his neck with a long ribbon. Initials below the truncation read 'B.P.'. Legend around reads: 'GEORGIUS IIII D:G: BRITANNIAR: REX F:D:'. Reverse: Saint George wearing a helmet and a flowing cloak, mounted on a rearing horse. The warrior points his sword at a winged dragon, cowering beneath his horses hooves. Date below (1821) with initials ('B.P.') to right. George IV came to the throne in January 1820, following the death of his father, George III. Sovereigns struck in the first year of the younger George's reign used existing dies and bore a portrait of the late King. New Sovereigns were authorised by Order in Council in May 1821. The new coinage would feature a flamboyant laureate bust of George IV by the Italian artist Benedetto Pistrucci, based on an earlier coronation medal. The reverse, also by Pistrucci, was an adaptation of his original design dated 1817, removing the enclosing garter and arming England's patron saint with a sword rather than a broken spear. These two designs can be seen of George IV Sovereigns dated 1821 to 1825 including this example, on of 9,405,114 struck in the first year of issue. Struck for circulation in 7.98 grams of 22-carat gold. Diameter: 22.05 millimetres from milled edge to milled edge. Grade: EF+ - see photos. References: S 3800, Marsh 5.
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Obverse

Laureate portrait of King George IV, facing left, his wreath tied with long ribbon. Legend: 'GEORGIUS IIII D:G: BRITANNIAR: REX F:D:'. 'B.P.' initials below for Benedetto Pistrucci.

Reverse

Saint George on rearing horse, aiming a sword at a winged dragon. Designer/engraver: Benedetto Pistrucci. '1821' below with 'B.P.' initials to right below ground.

Specification

Historic British gold coin, struck for circulation. Weight: 7.98 grams. Composition: 22-carat gold. Diameter: 22.05 millimetres. Mintage: 9,405,114.

Grade

EF+ - Extremely Fine or better, see photos.

Frequently Asked Questions

1821 Sovereigns are sought-after by collectors who prize these gold coins that were introduced in 1817. 1821 Sovereigns were the first issued with a portrait of King George VI and, as such, they are a key addition to any historic Sovereign collection.

We know that some 9,405,114 'full' Sovereigns were issued by The Royal Mint in the year 1821. These were the first such gold coins issued with King George IV's portrait during his reign (1820-1830). Collectors are keen to own these early Sovereigns.

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