Great Britain 1830 sovereign

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Heritage sale 3037, lot 29686
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This specimen was lot 29686 in Heritage sale 3037 (New York, January 2015), where it sold for $4,465. The catalog description[1] noted, "George IV gold Sovereign 1830 MS63 PCGS, Royal mint. Lustrous, with faintly mirrored reverse fields. A few scattered marks that are only really noticeable under magnification, and barely distract the eye at all. From The Law Collection." Pistrucci's laureate portrait of George IV, used on the sovereign 1821-25, earned the king's ire, perhaps because the engraver accurately depicted the king's obesity. A slimmer portrait by William Wyon was used 1825-30 and is shown here. All the dates are scarce. The only other British coinage dated 1830 is the silver one thru four pence issued in the Maundy sets.

Recorded mintage: 2,388,000 plus proofs.

Specification: 7.98 g, .917 fine gold, .235 troy oz AGW.

Catalog reference: KM 696, S-3801.


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