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Coins of the United Kingdom

Great Britain, George IV, 29 January 1820 - 26 June 1830

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From 1811 until his accession, George IV served as regent during his father's mental illness. He forbade his wife from attending his coronation and unsuccessfully attempted to divorce her, which brought the contempt of the people. For most of George's regency and reign, Prime Minister Lord Liverpool controlled the government with little help from George. George's extravagant lifestyle and wasteful spending angered taxpayers at a time when Britain was fighting the Napoleonic Wars. He did not provide leadership in a time of crisis, nor did he act as a role model for his people. Liverpool led Britain's ultimate victory, negotiated the peace settlement, and attempted to deal with the social and economic malaise that followed. George IV was succeeded by his younger brother William.
UK94099. Silver half crown, SCBC 3808, Krause KM 688, EF, reeded edge, weight 14.102 g, maximum diameter 32.1 mm, die axis 0o, Tower mint, 1823; obverse GEORGIUS IIII D:G: BRITANNIAR: REX F: D (George IV, by the grace of God, King of the British territories, Defender of the Faith), laureate head left, tiny B.P. (engraver Benedetto Pistrucci) below; reverse Crowned shield of arms within garter bearing French motto, "HONI SOIT QUI MAL Y PENSE" (May he be shamed who thinks badly of it); shield quartered, with harp and lions, crowned Arms of Hanover escutcheon in center; ANNO - 1823 below divided by St. George slaying dragon; ex D. B. Bailey Collection; $320.00 (288.00)


Great Britain, William IV, 26 June 1830 - 20 June 1837

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William IV was the third son of George III and younger brother and successor to George IV, he was the last king and penultimate monarch of Britain's House of Hanover. He was nicknamed the "Sailor King" because he served in the Royal Navy in his youth. He served in North America and the Caribbean. Since his two older brothers died without leaving legitimate issue, he inherited the throne at 64 years old. His reign saw reforms: the poor law was updated, child labor restricted, slavery abolished in nearly all the Empire, and the electoral system was reformed. Although William did not engage in politics as much as his brother or his father, he was the last monarch to appoint a prime minister contrary to the will of Parliament. He granted his German kingdom a short-lived liberal constitution. At the time of his death, William had no surviving legitimate children, but he was survived by eight of the ten illegitimate children he had by the actress Dorothea Jordan, with whom he cohabited for twenty years. William was succeeded in the United Kingdom by his niece, Victoria, and in Hanover by his brother, Ernest Augustus.
UK94098. Bronze penny, SCBC 3845, Krause KM 707, Choice EF+, toned with some subdued mint red, weight 19.000 g, maximum diameter 34.0 mm, London mint, 1831; obverse GULIELMUS IIII DEI GRATIA (William, by the Grace of God), bare head right, 1831 below, no initials on neck truncation; reverse BRITANNIAR: REX FID: DEF: (King of the Britains, Defender of the Faith), Britannia seated right, wearing crested Corinthian helmet, resting right hand on shield at side ornamented with the Union Jack, trident in left hand; rose, shamrock, and thistle in exergue; ex D. B. Bailey Collection; rare in this quality; $310.00 (279.00)


Great Britain, George IV, 29 January 1820 - 26 June 1830

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From 1811 until his accession, George IV was regent during his father's mental illness. He forbade his wife from attending his coronation and unsuccessfully attempted to divorce her, which brought the contempt of the people. For most of George's regency and reign, Prime Minister Lord Liverpool controlled the government with little help from George. George's extravagant lifestyle and wasteful spending angered taxpayers at a time when Britain was fighting the Napoleonic Wars. He did not provide leadership in a time of crisis, nor did he act as a role model for his people. Liverpool led Britain's ultimate victory, negotiated the peace settlement, and attempted to deal with the social and economic malaise that followed. George IV was succeeded by his younger brother William.
NV94032. Silver shilling, SCBC 3810, Krause KM 679, AU, toned, reeded edge, weight 5.629 g, maximum diameter 23.4 mm, die axis 180o, London mint, 1821; obverse GEORGIUS IIII D: G: BRITANNIAR: REX F: D: (George IV, by the grace of God, King of the British territories, Defender of the Faith), laureate head left, tiny B.P. (engraver Benedetto Pistrucci) below; reverse crowned shield of arms, quartered, with harp and lions, and a crowned escutcheon of the Arms of Hanover in the center, thistle left, clover right, ANNO - 1820 divided by rose below; ex Walker Collection; $225.00 (202.50)


Great Britain, Robert Reynolds & Co., Copper Halfpenny Token, 1792

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UK94091. Copper token, Dalton-Hamer 233, EF, evenly toned surfaces with a hint of red, light marks; Inscription on edge: PAYABLE AT THE WAREHOUSE OF ROBERT REYNOLDS & CO., weight 11.607 g, maximum diameter 31.1 mm, die axis 180o, 1792; obverse PRO BONO PUBLICO, Lady Godiva aside horse left (from the flag of the city of Coventry), 1792 in exergue; reverse COVENTRY HALFPENNY., castle on the back of an elephant (from the arms of the city of Coventry); ; rare; $180.00 (162.00)


Great Britain, George IV, 29 January 1820 - 26 June 1830

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Oddly, this coin is dated prior to the July 19, 1821 Coronation of George IV. George III died January 29, 1820. Almost all other rulers of the United Kingdom began their coinage after the date of their coronation. (Another exception is Edward VIII, whose mint struck coins dated 1937, the year of a coronation that never took place.) Of the coinage of George IV, only the half-crown is from 1820.
NV94030. Silver half crown, SCBC 3807, Krause KM 676, VF, toned, bumps and scratches, reeded edge, weight 13.806 g, maximum diameter 31.8 mm, die axis 180o, London mint, 1820; obverse GEORGIUS IIII D: G: BRITANNIAR: REX F: D: (George IIII, by the Grace of God, King of the Britains, Defender of the Faith), laureate head of King George IV left, tiny B.P. (engraver Benedetto Pistrucci) below neck truncation; reverse crowned shield of arms, shield is quartered, with harp and lions, and a crowned escutcheon of the Arms of Hanover in the center, thistle left, clover right, ANNO - 1820 divided by rose below; ex Walker Collection; $175.00 (157.50)


Great Britain, Lot of 4 Colonial Farthing Fractions, 1844, 1868, 1902, 1913

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- Great Britain, Queen Victoria, 1837-1901, bronze 1/2 farthing, 1844, SCBC 3951.
- Great Britain, Queen Victoria, 1837-1901, bronze 1/3 farthing, 1868, SCBC 3960, for use in Malta.
- Great Britain, Edward VII, 1901-1910, bronze 1/3 farthing, 1902, SCBC 3993, for use in Malta.
- Great Britain, George V, 1913, 1/3 farthing, SCBC 4062, for use in Malta.
UK94014. Bronze Lot, EF or better, ex CNG e-sale 453 10/2/19, 893 (part of, from the Brondesbury Park Collection); $140.00 (126.00)


Great Britain, William IV, 26 June 1830 - 20 June 1837, Maundy Issue

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At the Royal Maundy, on the day before Good Friday, the British Monarch ceremoniously distributes small silver coins known as "Maundy money" as symbolic alms. "Maundy" derives from the mandate of Jesus Christ at the Last Supper that his followers should love one another. In the Middle Ages, English monarchs washed the feet of beggars in imitation of Jesus, and presented gifts and money to the poor. Over time, the traditions changed to include giving coins which are legal tender but do not circulate because of silver content and numismatic value. Ordinary money is also given in lieu of gifts of clothing and food that the sovereign once bestowed on Maundy recipients. In most years there are fewer than 2,000 complete sets of Maundy money; they are highly sought after by collectors.
NV94027. Silver twopence, Maundy issue; SCBC 3843, VF, toned, light marks, weight 13.806 g, maximum diameter 31.8 mm, die axis 180o, Tower mint, 1833; obverse GUILIELMUS IIII D: G: BRITANNIAR: REX F: D: (William IIII, by the Grace of God, King of the Britains, Defender of the Faith), bare head right; reverse crowned 2 (denomination), 18-33 (date) divided across field, all within oak wreath tied at the bottom with ribbon; ex Walker Collection; $70.00 (63.00)


Coins of England & the United Kingdom - Decimal Issues

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Standard catalogue of British coins by denomination. A second edition to the 2015 catalogue due to the quantity of commemorative issues released in 2015.
BK12931. Coins of England & the United Kingdom - Decimal Issues, Spink, 2016, 173 pages, color illustrated, paperback, new; $5.00 (4.50)







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