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1832 King William IV Gold Full Sovereign Coin Second Bust

1832 King William IV Gold Full Sovereign Coin Second Bust Obverse

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Second bust King William IV gold ‘full’ Sovereign, dated 1832. Obverse: right-facing bare head bust of William IV. Second type with smaller nose, pointing at second ‘I’ in ‘BRITANNIAR’ and distinctive curl pattern. Legend reads: ‘GULIELMUS IIII D: G: BRITANNIAR: REX F:D:’. Closely spaced incuse ‘W.W.’ initials to truncation of the King’s neck. Reverse: the crowned arms of England, Scotland and Ireland. Inescutcheon: the arms of Hanover (incorporating the arms of Brunswick, Lüneburg and Westphalia, surmounted by a small crown. ‘ANNO 1832’ below. William IV succeeded his elder brother, King George Vi, in the summer of 1830. The new King desired that his coin effigy be derived from a portrait bust created by Sir Francis Leggatt Chantrey RA. William sat for Chantrey: the leading portrait sculptor of the day. Based on this the artist created a model which was then engraved for coinage by William Wyon who had recently been appointed Chief Engraver to the Royal Mint. While the obverse of this coin is a collaboration between two noted artists of this period, the reverse is solely the work of Jean Baptise Merlen who designed and engraved the crowned shield motif, for George IV. Weight: 7.98 grams. Composition: 22-carat (916.7) gold. Diameter: 22.05 millimetres. Edge: beaded rim and milled edge. Grade: GF - Good Fine. References: Marsh 17, S 3829B.
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Second bust. Bare head portrait of King William IV facing right. Artist: Sir Francis Chantrey. Engraver: William Wyon. 'W.W.' initials to truncation. Legend: 'GULIELMUS IIII D: G: BRITANNIAR: REX F:D:'.


Decorative shield of royal arms (England, Scotland and Ireland) with the arms of the House of Hanover in the centre. Crown above and 'ANNO 1832' below. Engraver: Jean Baptiste Merlen.


22-carat gold British coin. Weight: 7.98 grams. Actual gold weight: 7.31 grams. Diameter: 22.05 millimetres. Edge: milled.


GF - Good Fine, see photos.

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Sovereign experts rate 1832 Sovereigns 'S' for 'Scarce'. First bust editions are particularly valuable but those featuring the second bust of King William IV remain highly sought-after.

3,737,065 gold 'full' Sovereigns were issued in 1832 by the UK's Royal Mint. These coins featured William Wyon's bust of King William IV on the obverse and a shield of arms on the reverse.


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