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Coin: Two 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 as Proof FDC only this year, not for general circulation.

CountryUnited Kingdom CurrencyPound Sterling (pre-decimal)
Face value2 (x Pound) TypeTwo Pounds (Pre-decimal)
Year1826 CurrentNo (demonetised 1971)
Mintage450 (450)
Mints
NameMint markMintage
Royal Mint No mint mark 450 (450)
Material0.9167 Gold Designer
MonarchKing George IV EffigyPortrait by William Wyon (Bare Head)
Production technologyMilled (machine-made) ShapeRound
Size (mm) Thickness (mm)
Mass (g)15.9761
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 Dutch of Brunswick and Luneberg at the centre; around, BRITANNIARUM REX FID: DEF:

Reverse inscription

BRITANNIARUM REX FID: DEF:

Edge Edge inscription

Two Pounds 1826 (Proof only): Known varieties
VarietyMintageDetails
Piedfort Proof FDC unknown, Rarity: R3 (Extremely Rare)
Two Pounds 1826 (Proof only): Photos
Two Pounds 1826 (Proof only): Photo Great Britain 1826 2 pounds
Great Britain 1826 2 pounds
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Two Pounds 1826 (Proof only): Photo Great Britain 1826 2 pounds
Great Britain 1826 2 pounds
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Two Pounds 1826 (Proof only): Catalogue Reference IDs
SourceReference ID
Friedberg, Gold Coins of the WorldGreat Britain 233
Krause, Standard Catalog of World CoinsGreat Britain KM# 701
Spink, Coins of England and the United Kingdom3799
Two Pounds 1826 (Proof only): References to Information Used
SourceEditionAboutLinkNotes
Museums Victoria Collections 2016 Coin description
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
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Two Pounds 1826 (Proof only): Some useful external links
Great Britain 1826 2 pounds - CoinFactsWiki
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List of all (13) coins of type: United Kingdom / Two Pounds (Pre-decimal)
Two Pounds 1820 (Pattern) Two Pounds 1823 Two Pounds 1824 (Proof only) Two Pounds 1825 (Proof only) Two Pounds 1826 (Proof only) Two Pounds 1831 (Proof only)
Two Pounds 1887 Two Pounds 1893 Two Pounds 1902 Two Pounds 1911 (Proof only) Two Pounds 1937 Edward VIII (not released) Two Pounds 1937 (Proof only)
Two Pounds 1953 (not released)