George IV 1826 Proof Crown

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George IV 1826 Proof Crown

George IV (1820-30), silver Proof Crown, 1826, bare head left, date below, Latin legend and toothed border surrounding, GEORGIUS IV DEI GRATIA, rev. inverted die axis, crowned and crested helmet over quartered shield of arms, with a crowned escutcheon of the Arms of Hanover, French language motto on banner below DIEU ET MON DROIT, Latin legend and toothed border surrounding, BRITANNIARUM REX FID: DEF: edge inscribed in raised letters, DECUS ET TUTAMEN* ANNO REGNI SEPTIMO, weight 28.30g (L&S 27; Bull 2336; ESC 257; Davies 151; S.3806). Attractively toned, the edge lettering weakly struck, with a few light marks mainly on obverse or edge, small rim bruise, otherwise good extremely fine.

The Latin legends translate as on obverse "George the Fourth by the grace of God," and on the reverse "King of all the Britons, Defender of the Faith," and upon the edge "An ornament and a safeguard, in the seventh year of the reign." The banner motto translates as "God and my right."

 

Provenance:

Purchased from Northeast Numismatics, Denver A.N.A. Worlds Fair of Money, August, 2006.

BM03050

£18,500
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