1823 George IV Gold 2Pounds MS63

One-year type only. Delightful for the type, showcasing bright yellow-gold surfaces that hold significant reflectivity in the fields and eye-catching frost on the central motifs that produces a cameo-like appearance on both sides. The absence of marks of any notable significance really makes this a superb example.

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. His charm and culture earned him the title "the first gentleman of England". He commissioned the remodel of Buckingham Palace, and the of rebuild Windsor Castle.

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. His only legitimate child, Princess Charlotte, died before him in 1817 and so he was succeeded by his younger brother, William.

Royal mint, KM690, S-3798. A significant one-year issue that exudes freshness, showing untoned surfaces the color of honey and booming luster that leaps from the reflective recesses. A number of trivial contact marks are noted, however they pale in comparison to the bold, central images that easily dominate the eye--thus confirming the coveted plus designation by PCGS for superior quality. Infrequently offered so fine, and commanding of a premium as such.


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