• 1825 Gold Full Sovereign George IV London Bare Head Obverse J.B. Merlen
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  • 1825 Gold Full Sovereign George IV London Bare Head Obverse J.B. Merlen
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1825 Gold Proof Full Sovereign George IV London Bare Head Design

The 1825 gold proof full sovereign features the bare head portrait of king George IV as the obverse design with the reverse decpiting the crowned shield 

We regularly have "graded" 1825 sovereigns and 1825 half sovereigns in stock. The proof is very rare to find in good condition. 

The image shown is from one of our graded coins as we have created this page to provide numismatists an estimated price if we were to get one in. 

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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.


The obverse depicts a bare head potrait of King George IV by J.B. Merlen

The inscription reads


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



Weight / SizeFull
Gold Weight Troy Ounces0.23535
Fineness / Carat0.917 / 22
Spink Reference3801
Obverse DesignerWilliam Wyon
Reverse DesignerJean Baptiste Merlen
Issuing Monarch George IV (1820-1830)
Mint / BrandThe Royal Mint
CountryUnited Kingdom
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Bullion coins are provided as is and on occasion may have some minor scratches or edge knocks. These are not regarded as faulty or damaged goods as their gold content and value as a bullion coin is not affected. Any coin sold for a value less than a 180% intrinsic is considered a bullion coin.

Gold investment products are VAT free. Silver investment products are inclusive of VAT at the current rate unless otherwise stated.

All investment products are based on the live precious metal price. Prices will be fixed once the item has been added to the basket and recalculates just before checking out. 

If your product is not a graded coin and is considered a bullion item it should be noted that these are bought and sold on low premiums over their precious metal content and not solely for aesthetic purposes, therefore some products may have edge knocks and/or marks. These edge knocks and marks do not alter the specifications of the coins.

Please note that all investment products are exempt from the Consumer Contracts (Information, Cancellation and Additional Charges) Regulations 2013 and therefore customers do not have the right to cancel their order once the order has been accepted. If customers no longer wish to go ahead with their investment purchase, there is an option to sell the products back to Chard (1964) Ltd instead. View our current buy back prices.

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We aim to dispatch orders within 48 hours of receiving cleared funds. Our standard delivery methods are as follows

Orders over £60 - Fully Insured Delivery.

  • Within the UK and BFPO - Next day fully insured and tracked. Delivery starts from £6. 
  • International - Royal Mail International Signed / Royal Mail International Tracked / Royal Mail International Tracked and Signed For. Items sent via this method will normally arrive between 3-7 working days. Delivery starts from £15.

Orders under £60

  • Within the UK and BFPO - Royal Mail 2nd Class. Your order will normally arrive within 2-3 working days. Delivery starts from £3.50.
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We offer fully insured delivery on all special delivery options. We do need to pass on the cost of this insurance as it soon adds up shipping high value gold and silver products. 

  • Orders < £1500 there is no additional fee
  • Orders > £1500 we charge a fee in order to cover the increasing costs of insurance. For every £1500 we apply a £1 fee. 

If you require any assistance please do not hesitate to call the showroom on +441253343081 and one of our team can discuss your purchase. 

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