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George IV 1828 Sovereign, key date for reign and second rarest of London series

George IV (1820-30), gold Sovereign, 1828, bare head left, date below, rosette either side, GEORGIVS IV DEI GRATIA, rev. crowned quartered shield of arms, BRITANNIARUM REX FID: DEF:, weight 7.98g (Bentley 21; Marsh 13 R4; S.3801). Lightly toned though seemingly once lightly wiped on one side, surface marks and digs both sides, otherwise very fine to good very fine, has been slabbed by NGC as reverse cleaned, of the highest rarity being the rarest London Sovereign after the 1819, key date for George IV.

NGC Certification 6321115-001.

Calendar year mintage 386,182.

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

1828 is the key date for the George IV gold Sovereigns and is the second rarest Sovereign to find in the entire London Mint series after the exceedingly rare 1819 of George III. The calendar year has a much smaller mintage than usual compared to other George IV years, but this is coupled with the fact that it is known that the 1828 dated dies were not in use to November of 1828 as the 1827 dated dies still had plenty of longevity left in them and were used for the first ten months of the year. Therefore only a small proportion of the 386,182 Sovereigns were dated 1828 and most of the surviving coins have seen heavy circulation or even mounting in jewellery.

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