The 1825 bare head gold sovereign was one of two sovereign designs that were issued in that year. This is the new design which took over from the design of previous sovereigns during King George IV's reign. The laureate head design of the obverse side was changed by the removal of the laurel leaf crown to create the bare head design. The reverse side was changed from Benedetto's St George design of previous years to a crowned shield design. The inscriptions were also changed. See the laureate design here.
See the rest of the 1825 Sovereign Collection.
Hammered gold coins called 'sovereigns' had been minted on and off between 1489-1604, whereupon James I (VI) changed the name of the 20/- gold piece to a 'Unite'. The reform coinage sovereign of 1817 onwards was issued as a normal circulation type coin, and also as a proof.
The obverse depicts a bare head potrait of King George IV by William Wyon.
The inscription reads
GEORGIUS IV DEI GRATIA
It also includes small, oval flowers which separate the inscription from the date which is inscribed below the portrait.
The reverse shows Jean Baptiste Merlen's design of a crowned shield.
The inscription reads
BRITANNIARUM REX FID: DEF:
|Weight / Size
|Gold Weight Troy Ounces
|Fineness / Carat
|0.917 / 22
|Jean Baptiste Merlen
|George IV (1820-1830)
|Mint / Brand
|The Royal Mint
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