Great Britain 1827 1/2 sovereign
This specimen was lot 29675 in Heritage sale 3037 (New York, January 2015), where it sold for $2,350. The catalog description noted, "George IV gold 1/2 Sovereign 1827 MS64 NGC, Bare Head. Near Gem with satiny luster. Certainly among the finest for the type. From The Law Collection." Pistrucci's laureate portrait of George IV, used on the half sovereign 1823-25, earned the king's ire, perhaps because the engraver accurately depicted the king's obesity. A slimmer portrait by William Wyon was used 1826-28 and is shown here. All the dates are scarce.
Recorded mintage: 492,000.
Specification: 3.99 g, .917 fine gold, .117 troy oz AGW.
Catalog reference: KM 700, S-3804A.
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