|Coin||Five 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.
Bare head of King George IV facing left; around, GEORGIUS IV DEI GRATIA; below, 1826.
||GEORGIUS IV DEI GRATIA 1826
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:
||BRITANNIARUM REX FID: DEF:
|Edge||Inscribed (raised lettering)||Edge Inscription||DECUS ET TUTAMEN. ANNO REGNI SEPTIMO.|
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).