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BM02832

George IV 1820 Halfcrown, first currency coin of the reign

George IV (1820-30), silver Halfcrown, 1820, first laureate head left, raised B.P. below neck for engraver and designer Benedetto Pistrucci, Latin legend surrounding differently spaced to currency version, GEORGIUS IIII D:G: BRITANNIAR: REX F: D: rev. inverted die axis, crowned garnished quartered shield of arms, rose below, shamrocks to right with raised W W and P at centre of each, thistle to left with seven fronds to left side of left leaf, ANNO and 1820 to either side below, edge milled, weight 14.14g (ESC 628; Bull 2357; Davies 170; S.3807). Toned, a few small digs around cheek, otherwise extremely fine, reverse good extremely fine.

The Latin legends translates on obverse as "George the Fourth, by the Grace of God, King of the Britains, Defender of the Faith," and on reverse as "in the year 1820."

Provenance:

Ex Bonhams, 25th October 2005.

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