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British Gold Sovereigns For Sale - George IV

The following list of sovereigns is for coins in stock as at our last update of this page.
It is best to check prices and prices and availability before ordering or give alternatives.

Gold Sovereigns - George IV
Please contact us prior to ordering for current prices and availability.
DateGradeStockPrice £Price $
1821 Laureate HeadgFine/Fine Sold£550$880
1821 Laureate HeadFine/aFine, but pitted Sold£425$675
1821 Laureate Headabout Uncirculated, but see our notesSold£2,250$3,895
1821 Laureate Headabout Uncirculated, but see our notesSold£2,250$3,895

About George IV Sovereigns
Sovereigns were issued for George IV in each of the ten years from 1821 to 1830. From 1821 a large laureate portrait combines with St. George and the dragon on the reverse. In 1825, news design were introduced with a bare head, and a crowned shield on the reverse. In 1825, both types were issued.

Amazing Grades!
At Chard, we have always tried to grade our coins conservatively (honestly would be another word for it), so we are quite used to seeing coins offered for sale elsewhere which we believe are overgraded. Our conservative grading sometimes works against us, by making us appear slightly expensive or uncompetitive compared with some of our competitors, when the opposite is usually true. In case we need to explain this point, if we were to ask £1, 000 for an "About EF" coin, and a competitor was offering a similar coin in "good EF" at only £950, the obvious conclusion is that the cheaper coin in the better grade is the better buy; when you examine both coins and discover that our coin is actually half a grade better than our competitors offer, you realise that our coin is the better buy. In some cases, we think it's dishonest of the competition to overgrade their coins and thereby mislead their potential customers, but lets give them the benefit of the doubt and assume that they are simply succumbing to human weakness and greed, by hyping their coins up to the grade they would like them to be (self delusion).
That's enough on this page about grading in general, so let's get down to the details of this particular coin...

Differential Grading
As you can see, the 1821 sovereign we show in our photographs is a very nice coin. Even though we are professional dealers and not collectors, we get a tremendous amount of pleasure when we get to see, handle, own, buy and sell particularly attractive coins. It's sometimes called job satisfaction. There's also another bonus, we get to take photographs of these coins, and add the photographs to our collection; that way, even when we have sold the coins, we still get to keep the pictures! The third photo is of the coin in the holder which its recent owner made for it, and shows brief notes about the coin. These are quite revealing. They include:
Grade; Gem BU . FDC by J. Welsh, Jan 1991.
We assume the grader has followed normal convention by showing the obverse grade followed by the reverse grade.
We have graded the coin as "About Uncirculated".
The obverse has a few scuffs and bagmarks, which are all quite normal and acceptable. Circulation coins, which the Americans would call a "business strike", and handled in bulk at the Mint, and at banks, before they get seen by any potential collector or dealer. There is a noticeable scratch on the neck, and a few small edge knocks. There is also some purplish toning. The high points of the design have all got slight polishing or wear, so if we were being ultra strict, we might have to grade the obverse as only EF (Extremely Fine). To grade this as Uncirculated is therefore an exaggeration, to call it Gem BU is even more of one, firstly because "Gem" suggests "better than", whereas it is in reality "not quite", and the "B" stands for Brilliant (or Bright), whereas the coin is actually toned, which in itself is quite unusual for a gold coin such as a sovereign, and being composed of high carat (22) gold.
We graded the reverse at the same grade as the obverse. John Welsh's grading states it to be FDC, which we understand to mean absolutely perfect, making this even more of an exaggeration than his obverse grading.

Dishonest or Self Delusional?
Although we are aware that coin grading is subjective, and not an exact science, we believe that to sell a coin which is deliberately overgraded is dishonest, and certainly so when the buyer places reliance and trust in the seller's expertise. The alternative is that the grader has deluded himself, probably from wishful thinking, but this shows a lack of expertise and professionalism. Which it is in this particular dealer's case, we don't know, although we do have our own opinions, which we will hold in reserve. It would be interesting to know whether the same dealer undergrades when he is buying!
Over a long period of time, we have noticed his adverts full of (apparently) high grade coins, and his favourite grade seems to be "Gem BU". To see evidence of his FDC makes us wonder whether he has actually ever seen an FDC (perfect) coin, and how he would grade it if he ever had one to sell.
Again, over the years, we have bought numerous collections which almost every coin graded as "Gem BU", which we would have graded as "EF to AU, cleaned", and you can guess, as we invariably do, who they were bought from.

Price and Value
We think our asking price for this coin is reasonable and competitive. If we compare its catalogue price (2008 Spink £1,700 Unc), it might sound slightly expensive, but demand for these early sovereigns, particularly in higher grades, is running very strongly. There is no catalogue price shown for "Gem BU/FDC", but if there were, we would expect it to be in the region of £3,500 to £5,500; which would make our coin look an absolute bargain. Anybody want to buy a "straight Unc" for £3,000?

Our resident photographer, Yannick, has done his usual good job, which normally involves an amount of retouching or airbrushing (it also happens with top models), so he has removed some of the scuffs and scratches. We will ask him to create a pair of unretouched photographs showing the coins grade more accurately.
Our airbrushing is not done for dishonest purposes, to mislead about the coins grade, but because one of our prime aims whenever we add to our websites, is to create a photographic collection record of the best coins we can. Where we wish to feature an individual coin for sale, we can usually supply unretouched images if necessary, and sometimes add them to the page specific to the individual coin.

Prime Evidence?
In our comments above, we have mad a number of assumptions, including that the coin under discussion is the very same coin as graded, and also that it is still in the same condition as it was in 1991. We believe this to be fair and true, as the collector from whom we bought this collection took the time and care to create his own individual custom holders to protect his coins.

Type Coins
If you are not looking for a particular date, but want a nice example of this type of sovereign, you can order a "type coin". Just look at our list of dates, grades and prices. Select the price you wish to pay, and we will send you the best grade coin we have available for that price, with our choice of date.

We have page on our site about grading.

We Buy Gold Sovereigns

All our coins are guaranteed genuine, and we try to grade reasonably conservatively. For customers ordering by post, we want you to be delighted when you receive your coin. We thrive on repeat business and recommendation.

Obverse of 1821 George IV Sovereign
Obverse of 1821 George IV Sovereign First Issue Large Laureate Head

George IV or George IIII

Reverse of 1821 George IV Sovereign
Reverse of 1821 George IV Sovereign First Issue St. George & Dragon

1821 Sovereign Graded Gem BU / FDC by J. Welsh
1821 Sovereign Graded Gem BU / FDC by J. Welsh

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