Great Britain 1823 2 pounds
This specimen was lot 20344 in Ponterio sale 176 (Chicago, August 2013), where it sold for $4,112. The catalog description noted, "GREAT BRITAIN. George IV, 1820-1830. 2 Pounds, 1823. Bare bust left. Rv. Pistrucci’s classically styled St. George and the Dragon, date below. Lettered edge DECUS ET TUTAMEN ANNO REGNI IV. A very scarce regular issue type with the engraver’s initials below the bust. Beautifully struck with rather brilliant prooflike luster on both sides. A handsome coin all around. NGC MS-63. Ex: Bowers and Ruddy Galleries, 1977." The reform of 1817 terminated all guinea-denominated issues in favor of the sovereign. Large size gold issues resumed for the first time since the 1750's, but the two and five pound pieces were minted mostly for presentation.
Recorded mintage: unknown.
Specification: 15.97 g, .917 fine gold, .471 troy oz AGW, lettered edge.
Catalog reference: S-3798; Fr-375; KM-690.
- Friedberg, Arthur L. and Ira S. Friedberg, Gold Coins of the World, From Ancient Times to the Present, 7th ed., Clifton, NJ: Coin and Currency Institute, 2003.
- Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2012.
- Ponterio, Richard, Ponterio sale 177: The August 2013 Chicago ANA Auction, World Coins, Irvine, CA: Stack's Bowers, LLC, 2013.