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1825 King George IV Gold Full Sovereign Coin Wyon Bare Head

1825 George IV Sovereign Obverse

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Gold Sovereign with William Wyon’s portrait of King George IV, minted in 1825. Obverse: bare head portrait of the King, facing left by William Wyon from a bust by Francis Leggatt Chantrey. Date below the truncation of the neck between two pellets, legend reads: 'GEORGIUS IV DEI GRATIA'. Reverse: ornate shield of royal arms, surmounted by a crown, arms of the King of Hanover inescutcheon. Legend, divided by crown, reads: 'BRITANNIARUM REX FID: DEF:'. Artist: Jean Baptiste Merlen. This coin has a milled edge and weighs 7.98 grams with a diameter of 22.05 millimetres. Annual mintage: 4,200,343. The first modern gold Sovereigns were struck late in the reign of George IV's father, King George III. George IV's initial issues featured the instantly recognisable engraving of Saint George on their reverse and a laureate portrait of the King to the obverse, both designed by Benedetto Pistrucci. In 1825 a new portrait was introduced, paired with a new shield reverse. The image of England's patron saint would disappear from gold Sovereigns for decades before being revived late in the reign of Queen Victoria, George's niece. Grade: GF - Usual contact marks and wear under magnification for gold, around good Fine. References: Marsh 10, S 3801.
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Bare head of King George IV, facing left with the date below between two dots. Engraver: William Wyon. Legend: 'GEORGIUS IV DEI GRATIA'.


Crowned ornate shield of royal arms with smaller Hanoverian shield at the centre. Engraver: Jean Baptiste Merlen. Legend: 'BRITANNIARUM REX FID: DEF:'.


Milled gold coin. Weight: 7.98 grams. Actual gold weight: 7.31 grams. Diameter: 22.05 millimetres.


GF - Usual contact marks and wear under magnification for gold, around good Fine.

Frequently Asked Questions

Early British gold Sovereigns like the 1825 George IV Sovereign are rare and sought-after by collectors. The value of these coins depends on their condition with high-grade examples worth thousands of Pounds.

4,200,343 gold full Sovereigns were issued in the year 1825. This figure includes both 'Laureate Head' Sovereigns and 'Bare Head' Sovereigns. The latter design was introduced in this year while the former was phased out.


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