Great Britain 1826 sovereign
This specimen was lot 20353 in Ponterio sale 176 (Chicago, August 2013), where it sold for $10,575. The catalog description noted, "GREAT BRITAIN. George IV, 1820-1830. Sovereign, 1826. NGC PF-65 CAMEO. Gem Proof 1826 Sovereign Bare bust left. Rv. Crowned shield, without mantle. This date was struck both for proof sets and for circulation. A stunning example, the fields are devoid of hairlines or any other detriments. Deeply mirrored fields provide lovely cameo contrast. A superb proof Sovereign. Ex: Lubbock, 1984." 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: 5,724,000 plus proofs.
Specification: 7.99 g, .917 fine gold, .235 troy oz AGW.
Catalog reference: S-3801; Fr-377a; KM-696.
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