Secundo edge. The very definition of Gem, with dazzling argent surfaces that are tinged with iridescent autumnal color at the rims. Aside from a few inconspicuous contact marks and the faint presence of a fingerprint near the King's portrait, the whole of the planchet retains a fresh appearance usually associated with finer designations. The central designs have benefitted from a superior strike, which has produced even the smallest detail in bold glory, and an incredible amount of original luster easily cartwheels the surfaces at every turn. Surely among an elite group of survivors who have reached this certified technical platform, and a Crown that should easily generate spirited bidding among collectors of this popular issue. Extremely Rare in this Gem condition.
George IV (George Augustus Frederick; 12 August 1762 – 26 June 1830) was King of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland and of Hanover following the death of his father, George III, on 29 January 1820, until his own death ten years later. From 1811 until his accession, he served as Prince Regent during his father's final mental illness. George IV led an extravagant lifestyle that contributed to the fashions of the Regency era. He was a patron of new forms of leisure, style and taste. He commissioned John Nash to build the Royal Pavilion in Brighton and remodel Buckingham Palace, and Sir Jeffry Wyattville to rebuild Windsor Castle. His charm and culture earned him the title "the first gentleman of England", but his poor relationship with both his father and his wife, Caroline of Brunswick, and his dissolute way of life, earned him the contempt of the people and dimmed the prestige of the monarchy. Taxpayers were angry at his wasteful spending at a time when Britons were fighting in the Napoleonic Wars. He did not provide national leadership in time of crisis, nor act as a role model for his people. Liverpool's government presided over Britain's ultimate victory, negotiated the peace settlement, and attempted to deal with the social and economic malaise that followed. His only legitimate child, Princess Charlotte, died before him in 1817 and so he was succeeded by his younger brother, William.