Great Britain 1828 1/2 sovereign
This specimen was lot 29676 in Heritage sale 3037 (New York, January 2015), where it sold for $3,760. The catalog description noted, "George IV gold 1/2 Sovereign 1828 MS65 NGC, Royal mint. Unsurpassed in quality at both NGC and PCGS with exceptionally vibrant luster circling the central design and only the faintest marks that define the grade. Marvelous quality overall, and certainly deserving of a premium bid." 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: 1,225,000.
Specification: 3.99 g, .917 fine gold, .117 troy oz AGW.
Catalog reference: KM 700, S-3804.
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