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1826 Gold Full Sovereign King George IV Coin

1826 King George IV Gold Full Sovereign Coin Wyon Bare Head Obverse

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1826 22-carat gold Sovereign of King George IV. 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. The bare head portrait and the shield reverse had replaced Benedetto Pistrucci's earlier designs the previous year. Pistrucci's depiction of England's patron saint, St George, would not be seen again on British currency for decades. Wyon's portrait, designed after the work of Chantrey, the leading portrait sculptor of the day, was a lot more flattering than Pistrucci's heavy-set design though the latter might have been more accurate: by the late 1820s George was suffering the effects of a very indulgent lifestyle. This coin has a milled edge and weighs 7.98 grams with a diameter of 22.05 millimetres. Grade: AVF - About Very Fine, see photos. References: Marsh 11, S 3801.
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Bare head of King George IV, facing left with the date (1826) 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 British gold coin. Weight: 7.98 grams. Diameter: 22.05 millimetres. Mintage: 5,724,046.


AVF - About Very Fine, see photos.

Frequently Asked Questions

1826 Sovereigns are sought after by collectors who value high-graded examples of these British gold coins. The first modern full Sovereigns were issued in 1817 and early examples can sell for significant prices, depending on their condition.

We know that some 5,724,046 'full' Sovereigns were issued by The Royal Mint in the year 1826. These coins feature a bare-head portrait of George IV to the obverse by William Wyon and a shield of arms on the reverse, engraved by Jean Baptiste Merlen.


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