The 1837 gold full sovereign features the second bust portrait of King William IV, recognisable through the monarch's ear being flat and broad towards the top, whilst the reverse shows the William IV Shield. This new reverse design was introduced in 1830 to replace the Saint George and the Dragon design by Benedetto Pistrucci.
The 1837 gold sovereign was only the sixth sovereign to be issued during the reign of King William IV. It was also the last. This is because the sovereign wasn't issued in 1834. In 1831 and 1832 multiple versions of the sovereign had been issued with tweaked designs. However, from 1833 onwards, only one version was produced - the second portrait of the king with broader, flatter ears and altered nose (Spink no. 3829B).
See the rest of the 1837 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 William IV by William Wyon.
The inscription reads
GULIELMUS IIII D:G: BRITANNIAR: REX F: D:
The reverse shows Jean Baptiste Merlen's design of a crowned and garnished square topped sheild.
The inscription reads
|Weight / Size||Full|
|Gold Weight Troy Ounces||0.235|
|Fineness / Carat||0.917 / 22|
|Obverse Designer||William Wyon|
|Reverse Designer||Jean Baptiste Merlen|
|Issuing Monarch||William IV (1830-1837)|
|Mint / Brand||The Royal Mint|
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