George IV Coins
George IV was King of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland and King of Hanover from 1820 until 1830. He also acted as Prince Regent from 1811 due to his father’s mental health illness. His extravagant lifestyle made him unpopular with both the people and government of the time. During George’s ten year reign several Sovereign and Crown coins were produced. For any assistance please contact our customer service team at [email protected]
George was born in 1762, the eldest son of King George III. His early life was one of decadence and disobedience, earning him the ire of his father. He spent copious amounts of money and by 21 had secretly married a commoner, Maria Fitzherbert. This was in direct contradiction of the Royal Marriages Act of 1772. The marriage was considered void legally and George was forced to marry his cousin, Princess Caroline.
The marriage was a disaster, with neither George nor Caroline suited to each other. They separated after the birth of their only child, Princess Charlotte, and George continued his relationship with Maria, along with a string of mistresses.
As Prince Regent and King, George took little interest in matters of state, instead preferring to focus on matters of style and taste. Regency style became popular across the world as a result of George’s influence.
Like his father George’s health declined significantly in later years. By the time he became King in 1820 he was obese and suffered from gout. He spent his final years secluded in Windsor Castle and died there in 1830. Princess Charlotte had died soon after birth and as such George’s brother, William IV succeeded him to the throne.
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