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1828 King George IV Gold Half Sovereign Coin Wyon Bare Head

1828 King George IV Gold Half Sovereign Coin Bare Head Obverse

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Type III gold Half Sovereign of King George IV, dated 1828. Obverse: bare head portrait of the King, facing left. Legend reads: ‘GEORGIUS IV DEI GRATIA’ with the date below - 1828 - separated by oval-shaped flower stops. Reverse: crowned and garnished shield of royal arms (England, Scotland and Ireland) with the arms of the House of Hanover in escutcheon, also crowned. Legend: ‘BRITANNIARUM REX FID: DEF:’. Half Sovereigns issued earlier in George’s reign feature a flamboyant laureate portrait of the King by Italian artist Benedetto Pistrucci. When a new gold coinage was ordered in 1825, George IV requested that this be drawn from a bust recently produced by Sir Francis Leggatt Chantrey, the leading portrait sculptor of the day. Pistrucci was asked to complete the work but declined to copy the work of another artist. William Wyon, then Second Engraver to the Royal Mint, prepared the dies instead. Wyon was finally appointed Chief Engraver in the year that this Half Sovereign was minted. Thereafter, Pistrucci had little to do with British coinage. The shield reverse was designed and engraved by Jean Baptiste Merlen who joined the Mint in 1820. Weight: 3.99 grams. Composition: 916.7 gold. Diameter: 19.30 millimetres. Edge: milled. Mintage: 1,224,754. Grade: AF - About Fine, see photos. References: Marsh 409, S 3804.
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Obverse

Type III bare-head bust of King George IV by William Wyon after Sir Francis Chantrey. Legend: 'GEORGIUS IV DEI GRATIA'. Date below (1828) between oval floral stops.

Reverse

Garnished shield bearing the ensigns armourial of the United Kingdom with the arms of the Kingdom of Hanover in the centre. Crown above. Engraver: Jean Baptiste Merlen. Legend: 'BRITANNIARUM REX FID: DEF:'.

Specification

Historic British gold coin, struck in 22-carat gold. Weight: 3.99 grams. Diameter: 19.30 millimetres. Edge: milled.

Grade

AF - About Fine, see photos.

Frequently Asked Questions

All King George IV Half Sovereigns are increasingly hard to find. 1828 is among the more common years but these coins - particularly examples in good condition - remain valued by collectors and can be worth thousands of Pounds.

Reportedly some 1,224,754 gold Half Sovereigns were produced by the UK’s Royal Mint in 1828. How many have survived is unclear. These coins are sought after by collectors looking for early examples of the British Half Sovereign.

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