George IV 1825-30 'Bare Head' Gold Sovereign
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How an argument created the first ever “Shield” Sovereign

George IV 1825-30 'Bare Head' Gold Sovereign
George IV 1825-30 'Bare Head' Gold Sovereign (2)
George IV 1825-30 'Bare Head' Gold Sovereign (1)

How an argument created the first ever “Shield” Sovereign

• A genuine Gold British Sovereign struck between 1825 and 1830

• The first ever “Shield” Sovereign

• Struck from 22 Carat Gold to the same specification as today’s Sovereigns

• Highly sought after on the secondary market

• Limited numbers available on a first-come, first-served basis


Why I recommend the George IV 'Bare Head' Gold Sovereign…

This is the second Sovereign struck during George IV’s reign and is known as the “Bare” Head for the King’s portrait on the obverse, but it’s the reverse that makes it a Classic.

Following an argument between the King and the designer, Benedetto Pistrucci’s portrayal of St George slaying the dragon, which had dominated the Sovereign since 1817, was dropped and the first ever ‘Shield’ design was born. It would go on to dominate the Sovereign for the next 40 years.

Sovereign “firsts” are incredibly collectable and this George IV Sovereign is a true piece of history.

Alex Hanrahan, Managing Consultant

 

George IV 1825-30 'Bare Head' Gold Sovereign

Price £1,495.00 (+ £7.99 p&p)
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Price £1,495.00 (+ £7.99 p&p)

Specifications

  • Year of issue: 1825-1830
  • Diameter: 22.05mm
  • Weight: 7.98g
  • Metal: 22 Carat Gold
  • Country of Issue: United Kingdom
  • Obverse: George IV's Bare Head portrait
  • Reverse: Shield Design

Numismatic pieces should be owned primarily for collector interest.
CPM does not offer them as an investment and makes no guarantees in terms of future value.

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