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Coin: Sovereign 1822
Description

As part of the monetary reform of 1817, the gold guinea of 21 shillings was dropped in favour of the sovereign of 20 shillings or one pound. This type, issued for George IV 1821-25, was minted in substantial numbers (about 23 million total) but is very scarce in nice condition.

CountryUnited Kingdom CurrencyPound Sterling (pre-decimal)
Face value1 (x Pound) TypeSovereign (pre-Victorian)
Year1822 CurrentNo (demonetised 1891)
Mintage5,356,787 (5.4 million) RarityN (Normal)
Mints
NameMint markMintage
Royal Mint No mint mark 5,356,787 (5.4 million), Rarity: N (Normal)
MaterialGold DesignerBenedetto Pistrucci
MonarchKing George IV EffigyPortrait by Benedetto Pistrucci (Laureate head)
Production technologyMilled (machine-made) ShapeRound
Size (mm)22.0500 Thickness (mm)1.5200
Mass (g)7.9800
Obverse

Laureate head of King George IV facing left; hair short; the tie has a loop and two hanging ends; the King's neck is bare. Below in small lettering the artist's initials, B.P. (for Benedetto Pistrucci); around, the legend GEORGIUS IIII D: G: BRITANNIAR: REX F: D: (George the Fourth, by the Grace of God, King of the Britains, Defender of the Faith).

Obverse inscription GEORGIUS IIII D: G: BRITANNIAR: REX F: D:
Reverse

St. George wearing helmet and cape on horseback attacking to right, with a sword, a dragon, the dragon has a broken lance in its side, in exergue at right in small lettering the artist's initials, B.P. (for Benedetto Pistrucci); in exergue, the date 1822.

Reverse inscription1822
EdgeMilled Edge inscriptionNone
Notes

Spink footnote: "Beware counterfeits".

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 13-17)

Sovereign 1822: Known varieties
VarietyMintageDetails
Proof (Marsh 6A) unknown, Rarity: R7 (Highest rarity possible, 3 or less examples known)
Sovereign 1822: Photos
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Sovereign 1822: Catalogue Reference IDs
SourceReference ID
Marsh, The Gold Sovereign6, 6A
Friedberg, Gold Coins of the WorldGreat Britain 238
Krause, Standard Catalog of World CoinsGreat Britain KM# 682
Royal Mint3800
Sovereign 1822: 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
Marsh, The Gold Sovereign 1980 Varieties Proof
Sovereign 1822: Links to sites that (may) sell similar coins
Gold Sovereigns: British Gold Sovereigns For Sale - George IV
Sovereign 1822: Some useful external links
Great Britain 1822 sovereign - CoinFactsWiki Museums Victoria: Coin - Sovereign, George IV, Great Britain, 1822
George IIII 1822 Gold Sovereigns Information
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Sovereign 1885 St George Sovereign 1886 Shield Sovereign 1886 St George Sovereign 1887 Shield Sovereign 1887 St George, Jubilee head Sovereign 1887 St George, Young head
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