George III 1801 Half-Guinea

George III 1801 Half-Guinea

George III (1760-1820), gold Half-Guinea, 1801, sixth laureate head right, legend GEORGIVS III DEI GRATIA rev. quartered shield of arms within crowned garter, French legend on garter HONI. SOIT. QUI. MAL. Y. PENSE., date below, legend commences upper right, BRITANNIARUM REX FIDEI DEFENSOR, weight 4.20g (MCE 439; S.3736). Lightly toned, a couple of tiny spots, otherwise extremely fine, the first year for this bust type.

The Latin legends translate to on obverse "George the Third by the Grace of God" continuing on the reverse in abbreviated Latin which if in shown in full reads "King of all the Britons, Defender of the Faith," the French language garter motto translates as "Evil to him, who evil thinks."



Purchased from A H Baldwin and Sons Ltd, Winter 2006.


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