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Episode 5

Episode 5: George III 1817 Gold Sovereigns x3 Grade Comparison Slabbed vs. Raw

Posted on September 21, 2018 by The Coin Cabinet


Compare the grades of three George III gold sovereigns, all dated 1817, the first date of the modern sovereign. One is slabbed PCGS VF35, two are raw: one is Fine and the other a bold and attractive Very Fine.


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Hi and welcome to the Coin Cabinet YouTube channel. My name is Andreas Afeldt, and today I'm going to show you three 1817 Sovereigns in slightly different grade, and we're going to compare them and look at the different grades.

The first one is an 1817 Gold Sovereign in fine condition. It has quite a lot of wear all over the bust. It's hard to see some of the details. You can see that the rim is also starting to wear. A little bit more wear here. You'll see the rim will start to wear out. Same thing for the reverse. The rim is starting to give way for wear, but it's still a decent looking coin. You can see majority of the details, even though you can't see all the details in the hair. It is still a good looking piece. No problems there. So let's say, a typically fine condition coin.

The second is slabbed by PCGS, which is VF-35, it has some wear on the highest points of the hair. Actually, quite a lot of wear on the back of the head. Almost worn flat at a small area at the back of his head, but there is still some lustre in there. It's a nice looking coin. It's quite attractive.

The third coin is what would be called a VF coin with the strict British grading scale. There is a great deal of lustre. The hair details can be seen quite well. Let's say, an attractive looking piece. The famous Italian cameo engraver, Benedetto Pistrucci, was commissioned for this design. The observe shows King George III in typical neoclassical style. Highly romanticized, considering him being 78 years of age at this time, completely bald, and mentally unstable.

The use of Saint George, England's patron saint, slaying the dragon, became something of a symbol for the reverse design on Sovereigns, and is still used today. Although these early Sovereigns have a slightly different design, most notable, the broken spare, which was changed to a sword from George IV in 1821.

So I hope you have enjoyed this comparison video, where we've looked into detail on the 1817 Gold Sovereign piece in fine to very fine grade. And we're going to make more videos like this, so make sure to stay tuned on the Coin Cabinet YouTube channel, and feel free to put any comments or send us an email if you have any questions. Go to our website, www.thecoincabinet.com and we look forward to seeing you soon. Bye for now.


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