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Coin: Sovereign 1830 George IV

The reform coinage Sovereign of 1817 onward was issued as a normal circulation type coin, and also as a proof.

Pistrucci's laureate portrait of George IV, used on the sovereign 1821-25, earned the king's ire, perhaps because the engraver accurately depicted the king's obesity. A slimmer portrait by William Wyon was used 1825-30 and is shown here. All the dates are scarce.

The only other British coinage dated 1830 is the silver one through four pence issued in the Maundy sets.

CountryUnited Kingdom CurrencyPound Sterling (pre-decimal)
Face value1 (x Pound) TypeSovereign (pre-Victorian)
Year1830 CurrentNo (demonetised 1891)
Mintage2,387,881 (2.4 million) RarityS (Scarce)
NameMint markMintage
Royal Mint No mint mark 2,387,881 (2.4 million), Rarity: S (Scarce)
MaterialGold DesignerJean Baptiste Merlen
MonarchKing George IV EffigyPortrait by William Wyon (Bare Head)
Production technologyMilled (machine-made) ShapeRound
Size (mm)22.0500 Thickness (mm)1.5200
Mass (g)7.9800

Bare head of King George IV facing left; around, the legend GEORGIUS IV DEI GRATIA (George the Fourth, by the Grace of God); the inscription begins and ends with a small oval flower stop; below, the date 1830.

Obverse inscription GEORGIUS IV DEI GRATIA 1830

A garnished shield, surmounted by the royal crown, bearing the Ensigns Armorial of the United Kingdom. The Hanoverian arms within an escutcheon surmounted by the royal crown in the centre of the shield. The rest of the monarch's legend (continuing from the obverse), reading BRITANNIARUM REX FID: DEF: (King of the Britains, Defender of the Faith).

Reverse inscriptionBRITANNIARUM REX FID: DEF:
EdgeMilled Edge inscriptionNone

References to additional information:

[Book] Remick, Jerome. The Guide Book and Catalogue to British Commonwealth Coins, Regency Coins and Stamps Ltd, Winnipeg, Canada, 1971, p257
[Book] Marsh, Michael A. The Gold Sovereign. Cambridge Coins, Cambridge, UK, 1980. (2017 ed. pp 18-20)

Sovereign 1830 George IV: Known varieties
Proof Milled Edge (Marsh 15A) unknown, Rarity: R7 (Highest rarity possible, 3 or less examples known)
Proof Plain Edge unknown
Medal alignment (Marsh 15B) unknown (included in main number), Rarity: R4 (15 to 25 examples known)
Sovereign 1830 George IV: Photos
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Sovereign 1830 George IV: Catalogue Reference IDs
SourceReference ID
Marsh, The Gold Sovereign15, 15A, 15B
Friedberg, Gold Coins of the WorldGreat Britain 234
Krause, Standard Catalog of World CoinsGreat Britain KM# 696
Spink, Coins of England and the United Kingdom3801
Sovereign 1830 George IV: References to Information Used
Museums Victoria Collections 2016 Coin description
Remick, Catalogue of British Commonwealth Coins 1971 Mint
Remick, Catalogue of British Commonwealth Coins 1971 Mintage
Krause, Standard Catalog of World Coins Varieties Proof Plain Edge
Marsh, The Gold Sovereign 1980 Varieties Medal alignment
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Sovereign 1873 St George Sovereign 1874 Shield Sovereign 1874 St George Sovereign 1875 Shield Sovereign 1875 St George Sovereign 1876 Shield
Sovereign 1876 St George Sovereign 1877 Shield Sovereign 1877 St George Sovereign 1878 Shield Sovereign 1878 St George Sovereign 1879 Shield
Sovereign 1879 St George Sovereign 1880 Shield Sovereign 1880 St George Sovereign 1881 Shield Sovereign 1881 St George Sovereign 1882 Shield
Sovereign 1882 St George Sovereign 1883 Shield Sovereign 1883 St George Sovereign 1884 Shield Sovereign 1884 St George Sovereign 1885 Shield
Sovereign 1885 St George Sovereign 1886 Shield Sovereign 1886 St George Sovereign 1887 Shield Sovereign 1887 St George, Young head Sovereign 1887 St George, Jubilee head
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Sovereign 1953 (not released) Sovereign 1957 Sovereign 1958 Sovereign 1959 Sovereign 1962 Sovereign 1963
Sovereign 1964 Sovereign 1965 Sovereign 1966 Sovereign 1967 Sovereign 1968