Spencer Collection George IV Proof Sovereign Set with Extremely Rare 1825 Plain Edge Sovereign - The Number One Finest Set of All Time

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Weighted GPA 63.333
Complete 100.00%
Set Rating 63.333
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About this set: The story goes that King George IV disliked the portrait on the 1821 that had been designed by Pistrucci (Type I, 1821-1825) as the King appeared too corpulent. He commanded a redesign based on a medallion that was done for him by Sir Francis Chantrey. Pistrucci, apparently, refused to copy another artist's work so William Wyon, who was not 'handicapped' by such 'moral dilemma' was commissioned to redo the King's bust based on the Chantrey medallion. In 1825 William Wyon produced a new obverse based on the Chantrey bust, with a bare-headed profile and a much shorter legend, also restoring the date to the obverse. The reverse was an entirely new design showing a garnished heraldic shield surmounted by a crown designed by French engraver, Johann Baptiste Merlon, who originally had been employed as Pistrucci's assistant. Therefore for the year 1825, both types of Sovereigns exist -- the Pistrucci design with the St. George & the Dragon reverse (but with the obverse bust that the King hated), AND; the Wyon's Chantrey design with the crowned shield reverse (with the obverse bust that the King apparently thought more flattering).

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Spencer Collection George IV Proof Sovereign Set with Extremely Rare 1825 Plain Edge Sovereign
PCGS No.ItemDenomGradePopPop HigherOwner's Comments
2069071821SovPR6341Great Britain, Proof Gold Sovereign of George IV Laureate Head, Ex Spink an...
1633871825SovPR63CA10Great Britain, Sovereign Proof Gold Dated 1825. PCGS PR63. Plain Edge (Rare...
2069151826SovPR6493Great Britain, 1826 Gold Proof Sovereign, WR 237, Ex Spink, R2