1821 Crown – George IV


The 1821 Crown - George IV

This was the first year of George IV Crowns. There are several variants with the edge saying SECUNDO or TERTIO. There are also Proof coins available. SCBC: 3805.

The Reverse shows the famous George and the Dragon by Benedetto Pistrucci. His initials 'B.P' appear to the right of the date. On the left of the date or under the lance are the initials WWP (William Wellesley Pole, the Master of the Mint). These are difficult (or impossible) to see on worn coins.

The Obverse shows a portrait of King George IV (on coin as Georgius IIII).

Image Credit: The Royal Mint.


Mintage: 438,000 (may include coins in sets)
Minted at The Royal Mint.
Remember 1821 ?
The Monarch is George IV, who has his Coronation. Prime Minister is Robert Jenkinson, 2nd Earl of Liverpool (Tory). James Monroe is President of the USA. The New Observer newspaper is launched, later to become The Sunday Times. John Constable completes his famous painting The Hay Wain. The Bank of England returns to the gold standard. The national census shows that almost half of the population is under twenty years old and the population has increased by 18% in a decade.
George IV (1820-1830)
Public domain image from wikipedia.orgGeorge IV was King of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland and of Hanover following the death of his father, George III, on 29 January 1820, until his own death ten years later. George IV had previously ruled as Prince Regent from 1811-1820 due to his father's mental illness.

George was married to Caroline of Brunswick and they had a daughter, Princess Charlotte, who died following the birth of a stillborn child. As the second son of George III (Prince Frederick) was childless, following the rules of the monarchy on his death George was succeeded by his brother, William IV.

Note that on coin, George IV is often written as Georgivs IIII.
General Description: Crowns
The Crown is a very old coin, with origins dating back to Henry VIII. The English Crown first appeared in 1526. It was made of 22 carat gold ("crown gold") and has a value of five shillings (a quarter of a pound).

By 1551, silver was being used to produce crowns, although gold was sometimes still used. The silver crown was quite large, being about 38mm and weighing about one ounce. Around that time many Europeans countries had similar sized silver coins which made them good for international trade as they were essentially interchangeable.

The metal used was 92.5% silver and the rest copper so as to make the coin harder. This hardness, together with a milled edge, made 'clipping' (which was cutting slices off the edge to steal some free silver) more difficult.

After the Union of England and Scotland in 1707 a new coin, the British Crown, replaced the English Crown and Scottish Dollar. The value was set at 5 shillings and the size was 38mm in diameter and weighed about 1oz as before.

Now more of a commemorative coin

Although the coin was always part of the British coin family, its large size made it unpopular for general circulation and the half-crown was favoured as the de-facto largest coin in circulation. The Crown was more-or-less relegated to a commemorative coin.

The British economy, especially after the World Wars, took its toll on the crown too. From 1816-1919 the crown was 0.925 silver, this was reduced to 0.500 silver in 1920 and in 1947 the Crown became Cupronickel (75% copper, 25% nickel). The size standardised at 38.61 mm and (silver crown) weight of 28.276g (1 oz).

Although not in current circulation, the Crown is still legal tender. After decimalisation in 1971 the Crown was officially valued at 25 pence. In the Eighties we had inflation which brought in higher denomination coins like the pound coin and the two-pound coin, so the Government decided that the crown needed to be restored to it former glory as biggest denomination coin and the crown was re-denominated to £5 in 1990.

Today the Crown is once again made in silver and gold, usually to satisfy collectors and investors. There is a little confusion with this as there are Gold Crowns which are worth £5 but there is another five-pound Gold coin from the sovereign family - see the article on Gold £5 Coin or Gold Crown?
Which Mint: The Royal Mint
The Royal Mint is the designated place for the UK to mint coins. It dates back well over 1000 years and is a Government-owned company. 

Formed in the reign of Alfred the Great about the year 886, during the period 1279-1812 it was generally referred to as The Tower Mint as it was housed at the Tower of London. The Master of The Royal Mint has included famous figures such as Sir Isaac Newton.

Since 2010 it has operated as Royal Mint Ltd, a company owned by HM Treasury, under an exclusive contract to supply all coinage for the UK although it also produces medals and coins for other countries. It is currently located at Llantrisant, Wales.

There is also an on-line shop at The Royal Mint Shop.
Country of Origin: United Kingdom
The United Kingdom (UK) is the Union of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. It is often refered to as Great Britain (GBR). It has a long, rich history.

The orignal coinage was Pounds, Shillings and Pence but since decimalisation on 15 February 1971, it is £1 = 100p, that is One Pound = 100 pence. The coinage of the UK is also a long history, the Royal Mint being established as long ago as 886AD when coins were hammered. Today there is perhaps 30 billion coins in circulation, and many (numismatic) collectors coins and sets are issued frequently in gold, silver and other metals.
If you don't see a coin in the list below try the Crowns page on eBay UK

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UK On eBay UK:
1821 GEORGE IV SECUNDO SILVER CROWN IN GOOD FINE CONDITION.
1821 GEORGE IV SECUNDO SILVER CROWN IN GOOD FINE CONDITION.
£ 70.00
1821 KING GEORGE IV SILVER CROWN - SECUNDO EDGE
1821 KING GEORGE IV SILVER CROWN - SECUNDO EDGE
£ 36.00
1821 Crown - George IV British Silver Coin - Nice
1821 Crown - George IV British Silver Coin - Nice
£ 150.00
1821 George IV Half Crown - Good Condition
1821 George IV Half Crown - Good Condition
£ 299.00
1821 Crown - King George IV silver coin (Secundo)
1821 Crown - King George IV silver coin (Secundo)
£ 50.00
George IV 1821 Secundo Crown  aEF
George IV 1821 Secundo Crown aEF
£ 395.00
1821 George IV Crown Silver Coin COA Boxed
1821 George IV Crown Silver Coin COA Boxed
£ 69.95
1821 GEORGE IV SECUNDO SILVER CROWN IN FINE TO GOOD FINE CONDITION.
1821 GEORGE IV SECUNDO SILVER CROWN IN FINE TO GOOD FINE CONDITION.
£ 55.00

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