ORDER THE SILVER SHIELD SOVEREIGN TODAY FOR JUST €59.95 (plus €3.95 P&P)!

A fashionably modern and debonair man about town, King George IV believed he had a reputation to uphold, and so was outraged by Benedetto Pistrucci’s realistic 1821 sovereign portrait of a now-overweight and middle-aged monarch that he requested a new portrait in 1923 – this time modelled on an attractive marble bust of himself created by Sir Francis Chantrey.

But Pistrucci’s unwillingness to create a new portrait that flattered the King would see him replaced by an artist who would. And in a further act of vengeance, King George unceremoniously dropped Pistrucci’s Saint George and the Dragon masterwork from the sovereign.

Pistrucci’s replacement, Jean-Baptiste Merlen created the sovereign’s new reverse design, submitting a heraldic design that incorporated the Royal Arms of the United Kingdom on a crowned shield, with a smaller crowned shield in the centre featuring the Arms of Hanover – the house of which King George IV belonged. The design is, to this day, considered one of the finest coin designs in history.

And now, in the 200th anniversary year of the monarch’s coronation, you can now own the Silver Shield Sovereign – the first EVER silver sovereign to feature the world-renowned shield design, as well as the first to feature the Irish harp!

By ordering, you have no further commitments, and your purchase is protected by The Dublin Mint Office 14-day ‘no quibble’ guarantee.

Specifications
Metal:
Silver
Quality:
Proof
Weight:
7.98g
Diameter:
22.05mm
Issuing Country:
Gibraltar
Denomination:
Sovereign
Year of Issue:
2021
Limitation:
99,999