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George IV 1828 Half Sovereign


Manufacturer: Royal Mint

Royal Mint

Weight (grams): 3.99 grams

Pure gold content (grams): 3.6575

Fineness: 916.7

Dimensions: 19.3mm diameter; ~0.99 mm Thickness

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An 1828 Half Sovereign gold coin featuring King George IV.

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Like his father, there were two distinctive heads for George IV coins - the Laurel (Wreath) Head and the Bare Head. The obverse portrait of King George features the bare head of a tousle-haired George, as designed by J.B. Merlen.

The reverse has the Ensigns Armorial of the United Kingdom in an ornate shield, surmounted by the Royal Crown. The centre section of the shield shows the Hanoverian arms, surmounted by a small crown.  The coin's latin text reads "GEORGIUS IV DEI GRATIA" , "BRITANNIARUM REX FID:DEF" - roughly translated as George IV, By the Grace of God - King of Britain.

George was Prince Regent from 1811 until 1820 and his father's death. King George III's mental health declined steadily during the latter years of his reign, but it is believed medical malpractice and mercury poisoning was the cause. George IV took over in 1820 and ruled for 10 years, but he was considered a national liability and a poor king.

Historian John Raymond had this to say of the hapless royal in History Today back in 1962:

"Thrift, uxoriousness and hard work were the cardinal admirations of the mid-nineteenth century and it must be admitted that the Prince Regent excelled in none of them. His extravagance was proverbial, his treatment of his wife an historic scandal; he toiled not, neither did he spin.

He was an unbounded liar, a heartless father, a fashionable corpulence in stays, an unconscionable imbiber of cherry brandy."

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