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1822 King George IV Gold Full Sovereign Coin Pistrucci Laureate Head

1822 King George IV Gold Full Sovereign Coin Obverse

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22 carat gold Sovereign of King George IV, dated 1822. Obverse: laureate head of the King, facing left with ribbon at neck. Signed 'B.P.' for Benedetto Pistrucci. Legend reads: 'GEORGIUS IIII D: G: BRITANNIAR: REX F: D:'. Reverse: St George wearing cape and helmet, mounted on a rearing horse. England's patron saint holds one half of a broken spear, the other half lies on the ground near a dragon which cowers under the horses hooves. Date below. Weight: 7.98 grams. Composition: 916.7 gold. Diameter: 22.05 millimetres. King George IV came to the throne in 1820 following the death of his father, George III. His early Sovereigns continue to utilise the reverse designed by Italian artist Benedetto Pistrucci for the first issue of these coins in 1817. The image of England's patron saint, St George, in the act of slaying a dragon from horseback, would be replaced with a shield design in 1825. On this 1822 coin the classic St George reverse (sans garter) is paired with a flamboyant portrait of the King wearing a crown of laurels, also by Pistrucci. This was also be replaced with a more conservative design in 1825. Some 6,356,787 'full' Sovereigns were issued by the Royal Mint in 1822, according to Marsh though they are tough to get hold of in good condition. This example is graded GVF - Good Very Fine - see photos for details. Refernces: Marsh 6, S 3800.
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Laureate head of King George IV, facing left. Artist: Benedetto Pistrucci. Legend: 'GEORGIUS IIII D: G: BRITANNIAR: REX F: D:'.


Saint George, slaying a dragon from horseback, sword in hand, helmet on head. Date below. Artist: Benedetto Pistrucci.


Milled British gold coin. Composition: 22-carat gold. Weight: 7.98 grams. Diameter: 22.05 millimetres.


GVF - Good Very Fine, see photos.

Frequently Asked Questions

Early gold Sovereigns, issued during the reign of King George IV, are sought after by coin collectors. These historic 22-carat gold coins are particularly prized for their elegant neoclassical designs. Examples from 1822 in good condition are prized.

6,356,787 gold Sovereigns were struck by the Royal Mint in 1822. These 22-carat coins feature a laureate bust of King George IV by Italian engraver Benedetto Pistrucci and the classic St George and the dragon design by the same artist.


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