Great Britain 1821 crown
This specimen is lot 377 in Spink sale 9031 (London, November 2009). The catalog description noted, "George IV, Crown, 1821 secundo, laureate head left, rev. St. George and the dragon, a few marks, toned, good extremely fine." This type was issued 1821-22 only and is expensive in nice condition. The St. George and the dragon reverse, introduced in 1818, proved an immediate success and is still in use. In 1817, the coinage was reformed and the mint reorganized. Modern equipment was installed and all the old, worn, clipped and counterfeit coinage called in and reminted. Henceforth, each denomination was issued annually instead of spasmodically; it is considered the beginning of modern coinage in Britain.
Recorded mintage: 438,000.
Specification: 28.27 g, .925 fine silver, .840 troy oz ASW, edge lettered SECUNDO.
Catalog reference: KM 680.1, ESC 246; S.3805, Dav-104.
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