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CI05490

George IV 1823 Two-Pounds, one year only type

George IV (1820-30), gold Two Pounds, 1823, bare head left, tiny J.B.M. below truncation for engraver Jean Baptiste Merlen, abbreviated Latin legend and toothed border surrounding, GEORGIUS IIII D:G: BRITANNIAR: REX F:D:, rev. St George and dragon right, W.W.P. below broken lance on ground-line for Mint Master William Wellesley Pole, date in exergue, initials B.P. to upper right of exergue for engraver Benedetto Pistrucci, edge engraved in raised letters, DECUS ET TUTAMEN. ANNO REGNI IV. Weight 15.97g (MCE 470; S.3798). A few light wispy hairlines, some other light marks, retaining plenty of mint brilliance, extremely fine.

The Latin legends translate as "George the Fourth by the Grace of God, King of all the Britons, Defender of the Faith" and on the edge as "An ornament and a safeguard, in the fourth year of the reign". The various initials that feature on the coin are for the engravers and Master of the Mint as shown above. William Wellesley Pole was the elder brother of the Duke of Wellington.

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