Great Britain 1822 crown
This specimen was lot 21126 in Heritage sale 3010 (Boston, August 2010), where it sold for $1,380. The catalog description noted, "George IV Crown 1822, Tertio edge, MS61 NGC, heavy but very old mark (toned over) right on the king's cheek by his nose, but get past this and you see a pleasing coin, sharp in strike, with old-time iridescent bluish gray toning. Rarer of the two dates struck." 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: 125,000.
Specification: 28.27 g, .925 fine silver, .840 troy oz ASW, edge lettered TERTIO.
Catalog reference: KM 680.2; S.3805, Dav-104.
- Tucker, Warren, Scott Cordry and John Kraljevich, Heritage Sale 3010: World Coins, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2010.
- Lobel, Richard, Mark Davidson, Allan Hailstone and Eleni Calligas, Coincraft's Standard Catalogue of English and UK Coins, 1066 to Date, London: Coincraft, 1995.
- Bressett, Kenneth E., A Guide Book of English Coins, Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries, 2nd Ed., Racine, WI: Whitman Publishing, 1962.
- Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2012.