Great Britain 1820 sovereign

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Sincona sale 6, lot 1343
This specimen was lot 1343 in Sincona sale 6 (Zurich, May 2012), where it sold for 300 CHF (about US$453 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"GROSSBRITANNIEN George III. 1760-1820. Sovereign 1820. Vorzüglich. (Great Britain, George III, 1760-1820, sovereign of 1820. Extremely fine.)"
The reform of 1817 retired the gold guinea (21 shillings) in favor of the sovereign (20 shillings). This is the first type and already features the familiar St. George and the dragon reverse used for the rest of the century.

Recorded mintage: 932,000.

Specification: 7.99 g, .917 fine gold; this specimen is 7,94 g.

Catalog reference: S. 3785C. Schl. 111. Fr-371, KM 674.


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  • [1]Numismatic Coins, Medals, Banknotes & Books: Auction 6, Zurich: SINCONA AG, 2012.

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