Great Britain 1822 sovereign

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Ponterio sale 152, lot 7140
photo courtesy Ponterio & Associates

This specimen was lot 7140 in Ponterio sale 152 (New York, January 2010), where it did not sell. The catalog description[1] noted, "GREAT BRITAIN. Sovereign, 1822. NGC MS-62." As part of the monetary reform of 1817, the gold guinea of 21 shillings was dropped in favor of the sovereign of 20 shillings or one pound. This type, issued for George IV 1821-25, was minted in substantial numbers (about 23 million total) but is very scarce in nice condition. The sovereign would be struck for circulation through World War One and is still struck at the Royal Mint today but is sold as a bullion coin.

Recorded mintage: 5,357,000.

Specification: 7.99 g, .917 fine gold, .2354 troy oz AGW.

Catalog reference: Fr-376; S-3800; KM 682.


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