1902 Edward VII Gold Matte Proof Half Sovereign London
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Right facing, bare head portrait of King Edward VII by George William de Saulles. Initials below neck. Legend around reads: 'EDWARDVS VII D: G: BRITT: OMN: REX F: D: IND: IMP:'.
Reverse A, ground distant from edge. Historic St George and the dragon design by Benedetto Pistrucci (no initials). Date below: 1902.
From an annual issue of just 4,244,457. Struck in 22 carat (916.7) gold. Weight: 3.99 grams. Actual gold weight: 3.66 grams. Diameter: 19.30 millimetres.
UNC - Very few contact marks, Uncirculated.
Who was George William de Saulles?
George William de Saulles is the artist behind the portrait of Edward VII used on UK coins from 1902 until the end of the King's short reign in 1910. He was born in Birmingham in 1862 and joined the Royal Mint when he was 30. He engraved dies for Queen Victoria's final coinage portrait, designed by Thomas Brock and is also known for his work on the British Trade Dollar. He signed his work 'DeS'. Read more: George William de Saulles and Edward VII's Coinage Portrait.
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