William came to the throne in 1830. He was the only monarch not to use Pistrucci’s St George and the dragon design on the reverse of The Sovereign. Instead, he used an image of the crowned shield of the Royal Arms, designed by Jean Baptiste Merlen.

William IV reigned for 7 years, which is short in comparison to his niece Victoria, who would reign for a record of 63 years.  As a result of his short reign, Sovereigns of William IV are amongst the most sought after by collectors around the world.


Specification Value
Denomination Sovereign
Alloy 22 Carat Gold
Weight 7.98 g
Diameter 22.05mm
Reverse Designer Jean Baptiste Merlen
Specification Value
Obverse Designer William Wyon
Quality Circulating
Year 1831
Pure Metal Type Gold
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