Great Britain 1822 4 pence
This specimen was lot 70766 in Stack's Bowers Collector's Choice sale (Santa Ana, CA, February 2020), where it sold for $204. The catalog description noted, "GREAT BRITAIN. Maundy 4 Pence, 1822. London Mint. George IV. PCGS PROOFLIKE-65 Gold Shield. A well-struck coin with flashy surfaces and deep, multicolored toning." In 1817, the coinage was reformed and the mint reorganized. Modern equipment was installed and all the old, worn, clipped and counterfeit coinage called in and reminted. Henceforth, each denomination was issued annually instead of spasmodically; it is considered the beginning of modern coinage in Britain. This type was struck 1822-30 for circulation and the Maundy sets.
Recorded mintage: 2,970 for the Maundy sets plus more for circulation.
Specification: 1.88 g, 0.925 fine silver.
Catalog reference: KM 686, S-3817.
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