Five Pounds 1826 (Proof only), Coin from United Kingdom - detailed information

Five Pounds 1826 (Proof only), Coin from United Kingdom (demonetised 1971)
CoinFive Pounds 1826 (Proof only)

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.

MintRoyal Mint Mintage150
Obverse
United Kingdom / Five Pounds 1826 (Proof only) - obverse photo

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

Obverse Inscription GEORGIUS IV DEI GRATIA 1826
Reverse
United Kingdom / Five Pounds 1826 (Proof only) - reverse photo

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 InscriptionDECUS 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
Variety Pattern
Mintage unknown (included in total)
DetailsLettered edge pattern. The catalogue does not explain what the difference with the other coins is (they are also listed as having a lettered edge).
Variety Piedfort Proof FDC
Mintage unknown
Rarity: R3 (Extremely Rare)
Five Pounds 1826 (Proof only): References to Information Used
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Five Pounds 1826 (Proof only): Details
CountryUnited Kingdom
CurrencyPound Sterling (pre-decimal)
PeriodPound Sterling (pre-decimal) (1801 - 1971)
Coin TypeFive Pounds (Pre-decimal)
Issued1826
MonarchKing George IV
EffigyPortrait by William Wyon (Bare Head)
Face Value5 (x Pound)
Mintage150
CurrentNo (demonetised 1971)
Material0.9167 Gold
DesignerJean Baptiste Merlen
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
Size (mm)36
Mass (g)39.9403
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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)