Information about effigy: King George IV - Laureate Head by Benedetto Pistrucci

King George IV - Laureate Head by Benedetto Pistrucci
United Kingdom / Farthing 1821

This effigy depicts the laureate and draped bust of King George IV facing left, as designed by Benedetto Pistrucci.

The monarch's head is adorned by a laurel wreath, with a tie displaying loop and two ends; his hair is short and the neck is bare; his tunic is held by a circular brooch.

On some denominations, there are small letters B.P. below the neck truncation representing the artist's initials.

In 1825 the king objected to the continuance of Pistrucci’s portrait which he found distasteful because of the puffed face, thick neck and wiry hair. William Wyon was commissioned to produce a new design which was used on the higher denominations from 1825 and the farthings from 1826; this portrait remained in use on the Maundy coinage until the king's death.

King George IV - Laureate Head by Benedetto Pistrucci - Example/s on coins
United Kingdom / Farthing 1821

Laureate Head by Benedetto Pistrucci on copper coin

United Kingdom / Farthing 1821

On copper coinage, the Laureate Head of King George IV by Benedetto Pistrucci was only issued on the farthing denominations. The penny and halfpenny were not issued before it was supplanted by the new effigy by Wyon in 1826.

There are no designer's initials.

United Kingdom / Half Sovereign 1821

Laureate Head by Benedetto Pistrucci on gold coin

United Kingdom / Half Sovereign 1821

On gold coinage, the Laureate Head of King George IV by Benedetto Pistrucci displays the designer's initials B.P. below the neck truncation.

United Kingdom / Halfcrown 1823 Second Issue

Laureate Head by Benedetto Pistrucci on gold coin

United Kingdom / Halfcrown 1823 Second Issue

On large silver coinage, the Laureate Head of King George IV by Benedetto Pistrucci also displays the designer's initials B.P. below the neck truncation.

King George IV - Laureate Head by Benedetto Pistrucci - Coins (66)
CountryNameMintageLegend
United Kingdom Shilling 1820 George IV unknown GEORGIUS IIII D: G: BRITANNIAR: REX F: D:
United Kingdom Halfcrown 1820 George IV 2,396,592 GEORGIUS IIII D: G: BRITANNIAR: REX F: D:
United Kingdom Half Sovereign 1821 231,288 GEORGIUS IIII D: G: BRITANNIAR: REX F: D:
United Kingdom Sixpence 1821 863,280 GEORGIUS IIII D: G: BRITANNIAR: REX F: D:
United Kingdom Farthing 1821 2,688,000 GEORGIUS IIII DEI GRATIA.
United Kingdom Halfcrown 1821 1,435,104 GEORGIUS IIII D: G: BRITANNIAR: REX F: D:
United Kingdom Crown 1821 437,976 GEORGIUS IIII D: G: BRITANNIAR: REX F: D:
United Kingdom Shilling 1821 2,463,000 GEORGIUS IIII D: G: BRITANNIAR: REX F: D:
United Kingdom Sovereign 1821 9,405,114 GEORGIUS IIII D: G: BRITANNIAR: REX F: D:
United Kingdom Threepence 1822 (Maundy) 3,960 GEORGIUS IIII D. G. BRITANNIAR. REX F. D.
United Kingdom Crown 1822 124,929 GEORGIUS IIII D: G: BRITANNIAR: REX F: D:
United Kingdom Sovereign 1822 5,356,787 GEORGIUS IIII D: G: BRITANNIAR: REX F: D:
United Kingdom Farthing 1822 5,924,352 GEORGIUS IIII DEI GRATIA.
United Kingdom Penny 1822 (Maundy) 12,000 GEORGIUS IIII D. G. BRITANNIAR. REX F. D.
United Kingdom Fourpence 1822 (Maundy) 2,970 GEORGIUS IIII D. G. BRITANNIAR. REX F. D.
United Kingdom Twopence 1822 (Maundy) 5,940 GEORGIUS IIII D. G. BRITANNIAR. REX F. D.
United Kingdom Halfcrown 1823 First Issue 2,003,760 GEORGIUS IIII D: G: BRITANNIAR: REX F: D:
United Kingdom Halfcrown 1823 Second Issue 2,003,760 GEORGIUS IIII D: G: BRITANNIAR: REX F: D:
United Kingdom Farthing 1823 2,365,440 GEORGIUS IIII DEI GRATIA.
United Kingdom Half Sovereign 1823 224,280 GEORGIUS IIII D: G: BRITANNIAR: REX F: D:
United Kingdom Penny 1823 (Maundy) 13,000 GEORGIUS IIII D. G. BRITANNIAR. REX F. D.
United Kingdom Fourpence 1823 (Maundy) 1,980 GEORGIUS IIII D. G. BRITANNIAR. REX F. D.
United Kingdom Threepence 1823 (Maundy) 2,640 GEORGIUS IIII D. G. BRITANNIAR. REX F. D.
United Kingdom Sovereign 1823 616,770 GEORGIUS IIII D: G: BRITANNIAR: REX F: D:
United Kingdom Twopence 1823 (Maundy) 3,960 GEORGIUS IIII D. G. BRITANNIAR. REX F. D.
United Kingdom Shilling 1823 693,000 GEORGIUS IIII D: G: BRITANNIAR: REX F: D:
United Kingdom Sovereign 1824 St George 3,767,904 GEORGIUS IIII D: G: BRITANNIAR: REX F: D:
United Kingdom Half Sovereign 1824 591,538 GEORGIUS IIII D: G: BRITANNIAR: REX F: D:
United Kingdom Penny 1824 (Maundy) 9,504 GEORGIUS IIII D. G. BRITANNIAR. REX F. D.
United Kingdom Shilling 1824 4,158,000 GEORGIUS IIII D: G: BRITANNIAR: REX F: D:
United Kingdom Fourpence 1824 (Maundy) 1,584 GEORGIUS IIII D. G. BRITANNIAR. REX F. D.
United Kingdom Halfcrown 1824 Second Issue 465,696 GEORGIUS IIII D: G: BRITANNIAR: REX F: D:
United Kingdom Twopence 1824 (Maundy) 3,168 GEORGIUS IIII D. G. BRITANNIAR. REX F. D.
United Kingdom Threepence 1824 (Maundy) 2,112 GEORGIUS IIII D. G. BRITANNIAR. REX F. D.
United Kingdom Sixpence 1824 633,600 GEORGIUS IIII D: G: BRITANNIAR: REX F: D:
United Kingdom Sovereign 1825 St George 4,200,343 GEORGIUS IIII D: G: BRITANNIAR: REX F: D:
United Kingdom Farthing 1825 4,300,800 GEORGIUS IIII DEI GRATIA.
United Kingdom Penny 1825 (Maundy) 8,712 GEORGIUS IIII D. G. BRITANNIAR. REX F. D.
United Kingdom Shilling 1825 Second Reverse 2,459,000 GEORGIUS IIII D: G: BRITANNIAR: REX F: D:
United Kingdom Sixpence 1825 483,120 GEORGIUS IIII D: G: BRITANNIAR: REX F: D:
United Kingdom Fourpence 1825 (Maundy) 2,376 GEORGIUS IIII D. G. BRITANNIAR. REX F. D.
United Kingdom Twopence 1825 (Maundy) 3,960 GEORGIUS IIII D. G. BRITANNIAR. REX F. D.
United Kingdom Threepence 1825 (Maundy) 3,432 GEORGIUS IIII D. G. BRITANNIAR. REX F. D.
United Kingdom Half Sovereign 1825 761,150 GEORGIUS IIII D: G: BRITANNIAR: REX F: D:
United Kingdom Farthing 1826 (First Issue) 6,666,240 GEORGIUS IIII DEI GRATIA.
United Kingdom Threepence 1826 (Maundy) 3,432 GEORGIUS IIII D. G. BRITANNIAR. REX F. D.
United Kingdom Fourpence 1826 (Maundy) 2,376 GEORGIUS IIII D. G. BRITANNIAR. REX F. D.
United Kingdom Sixpence 1826 Second Reverse 689,040 GEORGIUS IIII D: G: BRITANNIAR: REX F: D:
United Kingdom Penny 1826 (Maundy) 8,712 GEORGIUS IIII D. G. BRITANNIAR. REX F. D.
United Kingdom Twopence 1826 (Maundy) 3,960 GEORGIUS IIII D. G. BRITANNIAR. REX F. D.
United Kingdom Threepence 1827 (Maundy) 3,168 GEORGIUS IIII D. G. BRITANNIAR. REX F. D.
United Kingdom Fourpence 1827 (Maundy) 2,772 GEORGIUS IIII D. G. BRITANNIAR. REX F. D.
United Kingdom Penny 1827 (Maundy) 7,920 GEORGIUS IIII D. G. BRITANNIAR. REX F. D.
United Kingdom Twopence 1827 (Maundy) 3,960 GEORGIUS IIII D. G. BRITANNIAR. REX F. D.
United Kingdom Threepence 1828 (Maundy) 3,168 GEORGIUS IIII D. G. BRITANNIAR. REX F. D.
United Kingdom Penny 1828 (Maundy) 7,920 GEORGIUS IIII D. G. BRITANNIAR. REX F. D.
United Kingdom Fourpence 1828 (Maundy) 2,772 GEORGIUS IIII D. G. BRITANNIAR. REX F. D.
United Kingdom Twopence 1828 (Maundy) 3,960 GEORGIUS IIII D. G. BRITANNIAR. REX F. D.
United Kingdom Threepence 1829 (Maundy) 3,168 GEORGIUS IIII D. G. BRITANNIAR. REX F. D.
United Kingdom Fourpence 1829 (Maundy) 2,772 GEORGIUS IIII D. G. BRITANNIAR. REX F. D.
United Kingdom Penny 1829 (Maundy) 7,920 GEORGIUS IIII D. G. BRITANNIAR. REX F. D.
United Kingdom Twopence 1829 (Maundy) 3,960 GEORGIUS IIII D. G. BRITANNIAR. REX F. D.
United Kingdom Threepence 1830 (Maundy) 3,168 GEORGIUS IIII D. G. BRITANNIAR. REX F. D.
United Kingdom Penny 1830 (Maundy) 7,920 GEORGIUS IIII D. G. BRITANNIAR. REX F. D.
United Kingdom Fourpence 1830 (Maundy) 2,772 GEORGIUS IIII D. G. BRITANNIAR. REX F. D.
United Kingdom Twopence 1830 (Maundy) 3,960 GEORGIUS IIII D. G. BRITANNIAR. REX F. D.
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King George IV - Laureate Head by Benedetto Pistrucci: Details
Year1821
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