Great Britain 1825 sovereign Fr-377

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Heritage sale 3010, lot 21136
Great Britain 1825 sovereign rev Heritage 3010-21136.jpg

This specimen was lot 21136 in Heritage sale 3010 (Boston, August 2010), where it sold for $2,760. The catalog description[1] noted, "George IV gold Sovereign 1825, Bare Head, MS63 NGC, a beautiful and Choice UNC coin, sharp strike, few abrasions, pleasing surfaces and gold color. Scarce so nice." 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 for George IV 1825-30 and despite substantial mintages, all the dates are scarce.

Recorded mintage: 4,200,000 (including the laureate head type).

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

Catalog reference: KM 696; S.3801, Fr-377.


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  • Skingley, Philip, ed., Standard Catalogue of British Coins: Coins of England & the United Kingdom, 46th edition, London: Spink & Son, 2011.
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  • Michael, Thomas, and Tracy L. Schmidt, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 9th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2019.

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