George IV Coronation, 1821, Greetings Card,
125 x 125 mm, contained in cellophane wrapper with fitted envelope.
The Coronation cost the Treasury over £230,000; the coronation robes alone costing £24,000.£25,000 was spent on the banquet at which 9,840 bottles of wine and 100 gallons of iced punch were provided. An interesting selection of Royal servants was entitled to the silver medal including the “Stewer of Herbs”. The ceremony lasted some five hours, albeit without Queen Caroline, who was locked out of Westminster Abbey. The Gentlemen’s Magazine records that “The Treasurer of his Majesty’s House threw about the medals of the Coronation”.