Dec 8, 2009
Dec 8, 2009

Five Pound Piece: George IV (obverse); Shield of Arms (reverse)

Five Pound Piece: George IV (obverse); Shield of Arms (reverse)

1826

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designer

Jean Baptiste Merlen

(French, 1769–1850)

Gold

Diameter: 3.8 cm (1 1/2 in.)

Weight: 39.754 g (1.4 oz.)

The Norweb Collection 1969.215

Location

Did you know?

The shield is quartered with the arms of England (1 & 4), Scotland (2), and Ireland (3) with the crowned arms of the Duchy of Brunswick and Lüneburg at the center.

Description

Only pattern five-pound pieces were struck during the reign of George IV, none being put into circulation. In this reign, specimen proof sets appeared for the first time in 1823, and the pattern five- and two-pound pieces as well as the pattern silver crown were included in the sets.

See also
Collection: 
MED - Numismatics
Department: 
Medieval Art
Type of artwork: 
Coins
Medium: 
Gold
Credit line: 
The Norweb Collection

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