George IV 1825-30 'Bare Head' Gold Sovereign
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George IV 1825-30 'Bare Head' Gold Sovereign


George IV 1825-30 'Bare Head' Gold Sovereign

George IV commissioned a complete redesign of his coinage in 1823, but his insistence on using a revised portrait of himself led to Pistrucci being removed from his post as chief engraver for his refusal to work with the new design. William Wyon was then invited to engrave dies for the new coinage and he introduced the ‘bare head’ obverse which first appeared on these sovereigns in 1825.

More notably, these were the first sovereigns to feature the reverse shield design by Johann Baptiste Merlen, displaying a garnished heraldic shield surmounted by a crown. It was this design which dominated the sovereign for the next 40 years.

Sovereigns are a collector’s favourite, but those which feature a complete redesign are always in high demand as they never lose their historical significance.

Less than 10 available – act today

We have just a small number available for Westminster Collectors, but given the historical significance and the fact that this year marks the 200th anniversary of King George IV’s coronation, demand is expected to be high.

You can order yours today with a deposit of £195 (+p&p), followed by nine further interest free instalments. Remember as well, you will be fully entitled to your Westminster 30 Day Guarantee.

Your Sovereign will arrive in a Deluxe Presentation Case complete with Certificate of Authenticity.

With such a small number available, make sure you act today to secure yours. Demand is expected to be high and it’s unlikely this historic sovereign will be available for long.

Order Ref 185/Y684/0
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Price £1,950.00 (+ £7.99 p&p)


  • Metal: 22 Carat Gold
  • Diameter: 22mm, Weight: 7.98g
  • Obverse: Design by William Wyon
  • Reverse: Design by J.B Merlen

Numismatic pieces should be owned primarily for collector interest.
The Westminster Collection does not offer them as an investment and makes no guarantees in terms of future value.