• 1826 Gold Half Sovereign George IV London Crowned Shield Reverse
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1826 Gold Half Sovereign George IV London

The 1826 gold half sovereign was a new design. It took over from the design of previous half 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.

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The 1826 half sovereign was only the fifth half sovereign to be issued during the reign of King George IV as the half sovereign wasn't issued in 1822. George IV half sovereigns were minted from 1821 to 1828, except for 1822.


The obverse depicts a bare head potrait of King George IV by William Wyon.

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 / SizeHalf
Gold Weight Troy Ounces0.11768
Fineness / Carat0.917 / 22
Mintage Figure344830
Spink Reference3804
Marsh Reference407
Obverse DesignerWilliam Wyon
Reverse DesignerJean Baptiste Merlen
Issuing Monarch George IV (1820-1830)
Mint / BrandThe Royal Mint
CountryUnited Kingdom
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Date Obverse Reverse Price
16 October 2019 Fair gFair £220.00

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If you would liek to learn more about the sovereign and other british coinage we recomend the following: 

Coin Grading Explanation

The Reign of King George IV

British Half Sovereigns - Technical Information