United Kingdom: Coin Two Pounds 1823 - detailed information

United Kingdom: Coin Two Pounds 1823
CoinTwo Pounds 1823

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.

MintRoyal Mint
Obverse
United Kingdom / Two Pounds 1823 - obverse photo

Bare head of King George IV facing left; below in small lettering the artist's initials, I.B.M. (J. B. Merlin); around, GEORGIUS IIII D: G: BRITANNIAR: REX F:D:

Obverse Inscription GEORGIUS IIII D: G: BRITANNIAR: REX F: D:
Reverse
United Kingdom / Two Pounds 1823 - reverse photo

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. (Benedetto Pistrucci); in exergue, 1823.

Reverse Inscription 1823
EdgeInscribed
Edge InscriptionDECUS ET TUTAMEN ANNO REGNI IV
Two Pounds 1823: Known varieties
Variety Proof FDC
Mintage unknown
Variety Proof FDC, no I.B.M.
Mintage unknown
Rarity: R3 (Extremely Rare)
DetailsNo designer's initials I.B.M. (for J.B.M.) under neck truncation on obverse.
Two Pounds 1823: References to Information Used
All Coins of Country: United Kingdom, Type: Two Pounds (Pre-decimal) (13)
Coin NameMintageEffigyLegend
Two Pounds 1820 (Pattern) 60 Portrait by Benedetto Pistrucci (Laureate Head) GEORGIUS III D:G: BRITANNIARUM REX F: D: 1820
Two Pounds 1823 unknown Portrait by Jean Baptiste Merlen GEORGIUS IIII D: G: BRITANNIAR: REX F: D:
Two Pounds 1824 (Proof only) unknown Portrait by Jean Baptiste Merlen GEORGIUS IV DEI GRATIA 1824
Two Pounds 1825 (Proof only) unknown Portrait by Jean Baptiste Merlen GEORGIUS IV DEI GRATIA 1825
Two Pounds 1826 (Proof only) 450 Portrait by Jean Baptiste Merlen GEORGIUS IV DEI GRATIA 1826
Two Pounds 1831 (Proof only) 225 Portrait by William Wyon GULIELMUS IIII D:G: BRITANNIAR: REX F: D:
Two Pounds 1887 92,142 Portrait by Joseph Edgar Boehm (Jubilee head) VICTORIA D:G: BRITT: REG: F:D:
Two Pounds 1893 52,985 Portrait by Sir Thomas Brock (Veiled Head) VICTORIA . DEI . GRA . BRITT . REGINA . FID . DEF . IND . IMP .
Two Pounds 1902 53,873 Portrait by George William de Saulles (Bare Head) EDWARDVS VII D: G: BRITT: OMN: REX F: D: IND: IMP:
Two Pounds 1911 (Proof only) 2,812 Portrait by Bertram Mackennal (Bare Head) GEORGIVS V DEI GRA: BRITT: OMN: REX FID: DEF: IND: IMP:
Two Pounds 1937 Edward VIII (not released) unknown Portrait by Thomas Humphrey Paget EDWARDVS VIII D : G : BR : OMN : REX F : D : IND : IMP.
Two Pounds 1937 (Proof only) 5,501 Portrait by Thomas Humphrey Paget GEORGIVS VI D : G : BR : OMN : REX F : D : IND : IMP.
Two Pounds 1953 (not released) unknown Portrait by Mary Gillick (First Portrait) ELIZABETH II DEI GRA: BRITT: OMN: REGINA F: D: +
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Two Pounds 1823: Details
CountryUnited Kingdom
CurrencyPound Sterling (pre-decimal)
PeriodPound Sterling (pre-decimal) (1801 - 1971)
Coin TypeTwo Pounds (Pre-decimal)
Issued1823
MonarchKing George IV
EffigyPortrait by Jean Baptiste Merlen
Face Value2 (x Pound)
CurrentNo (demonetised 1971)
Mintageunknown
Material0.9167 Gold
DesignerBenedetto Pistrucci
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
Size (mm)
Mass (g)15.9761
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Coin - 2 Pounds, George IV, Great Britain, 1823
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