Bare head. Crowned garnished shield to reverse.
The rarest date in the entire Sovereign series, after the 1819, and missing from most serious Sovereign collections. Marsh states that during the calendar year of 1828 most sovereigns struck by the Royal Mint bore the date 1827, and that the new obverse die bearing the date 1828 was not used until December of that year. This accounts for the small mintage of 386,182 sovereigns of this date, compared to other dates in this series having mintages ranging from about 2.2 million to more than 5.7 million. Reflecting his experience, Marsh assigned an R4 rating to this date (15 to 25 specimens known). While the overall population may be towards the high end of his estimate, the date appears infrequently enough to call it extremely rare among the gold coins of this king.
Slabbed and graded by PCGS as AU Details (tooled). Some scratches to reverse which accounts for the details classification by PCGS but with a really excellent obverse and extremely rare.
The certification number for this coin is 41702722.
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