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Coin: Five Pounds 1826 (Proof only)
Description

The reform of 1817 terminated all guinea-denominated issues in favour of the sovereign. Large size gold issues resumed for the first time since the 1750's, but the two and five pound pieces were minted mostly for presentation.

This coin was issued in Proof FDC and a Piedfort Proof FDC variety only.

CountryUnited Kingdom CurrencyPound Sterling (pre-decimal)
Face value5 (x Pound) TypeFive Pounds (Pre-decimal)
Year1826 CurrentNo (demonetised 1971)
Mintage150 (150)
Mints
NameMint markMintage
Royal Mint No mint mark 150 (150)
Material0.9167 Gold DesignerJean Baptiste Merlen
MonarchKing George IV EffigyPortrait by William Wyon (Bare Head)
Production technologyMilled (machine-made) ShapeRound
Size (mm)36 Thickness (mm)
Mass (g)39.9403
Obverse

Bare head of King George IV facing left; around, GEORGIUS IV DEI GRATIA ; below, 1826.

Obverse inscription GEORGIUS IV DEI GRATIA
Reverse

Square topped shield on mantle, crowned; the shield is quartered with the arms of England (1 & 4), Scotland (2) and Ireland (3) with the crowned arms of the Duchy of Brunswick and Luneberg at the centre; around, BRITANNIARUM REX FID: DEF:

Reverse inscription

BRITANNIARUM REX FID: DEF:

EdgeInscribed (raised lettering) Edge inscription

DECUS ET TUTAMEN. ANNO REGNI SEPTIMO.

Notes

Krause lists a "Lettered edge pattern" under KM# Pn96, with mintage included in the regular mintage. The catalogue however does not explain what the difference with the other coins is (they are also listed as having a lettered edge).

Five Pounds 1826 (Proof only): Known varieties
VarietyMintageDetails
Pattern unknown (included in main number) (hover mouse for text)
Piedfort Proof FDC unknown, Rarity: R3 (Extremely Rare)
Five Pounds 1826 (Proof only): Photos
Five Pounds 1826 (Proof only): Photo Great Britain 1826 5 pounds
Great Britain 1826 5 pounds
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Five Pounds 1826 (Proof only): Photo Great Britain 1826 5 pounds
Great Britain 1826 5 pounds
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Five Pounds 1826 (Proof only): Photo Coin - 5 Pounds, George IV, Great Britain, 1826
Coin - 5 Pounds, George IV, Great Britain, 1826
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Five Pounds 1826 (Proof only): Photo Coin - 5 Pounds, George IV, Great Britain, 1826
Coin - 5 Pounds, George IV, Great Britain, 1826
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Five Pounds 1826 (Proof only): Catalogue Reference IDs
SourceReference ID
Friedberg, Gold Coins of the WorldGreat Britain 232
Spink, Coins of England and the United Kingdom3797
Krause, Standard Catalog of World CoinsGreat Britain KM# 702 and Pn96 (Pattern)
Five Pounds 1826 (Proof only): References to Information Used
SourceEditionAboutLinkNotes
Museums Victoria Collections 2016 Coin description link
Remick, Catalogue of British Commonwealth Coins 1971 Mint
Remick, Catalogue of British Commonwealth Coins 1971 Mintage
Spink, Coins of England and the United Kingdom Varieties Piedfort Proof FDC
Krause, Standard Catalog of World Coins Varieties Pattern
Museums Victoria Collections 2016 Design link
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Five Pounds 1826 (Proof only): Some useful external links
Museums Victoria: Coin - 5 Pounds, George IV, Great Britain, 1826 Great Britain 1826 5 pounds - CoinFactsWiki
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List of all (11) coins of type: United Kingdom / Five Pounds (Pre-decimal)
Five Pounds 1820 (Pattern) Five Pounds 1826 (Proof only) Five Pounds 1831 (Pattern) Five Pounds 1839 (Proof only) Five Pounds 1887 Five Pounds 1893
Five Pounds 1902 Five Pounds 1911 (Proof only) Five Pounds 1937 Edward VIII (not released) Five Pounds 1937 (Proof only) Five Pounds 1953 (not released)