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1823 Silver Pattern Half Crown
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1823 Silver Pattern Half Crown
Britain's King George IV proved to be one of the most unpopular monarch's in that nation's history. Forced to live in the shadow of his father, who reigned for some 60 years, George IV became regent in 1811, when George III's madness could no longer be ignored. Nine years later, George IV finally ascended the throne, but he ruled for just ten years until his death in 1830. His many mistresses and his deplorable treatment of Queen Caroline actually led to rioting in 1821. None of this, however, is evident when viewing this handsome half crown, a silver coin valued at two-and-one-half shillings, or 30 pence.
The initials "BP," which appear below the truncation of the king's bust, identify this coin's obverse as the design of Italian artist Benedetto Pistrucci. Its reverse is by Englishman Thomas Wyon, who also engraved both sides. So similar is this silver pattern to the adopted type that examples have been cataloged as proofs of the regular dies. While the differences are indeed subtle, they mark this piece as an important rarity. An absolutely complete strike is combined with pristine surfaces and delightful toning of pewter gray with just a hint of amber around the borders.
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