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George I 1716 Crown, roses and plumes, mixed English and Welsh silver

George I (1714-27), silver Crown, 1716, laureate and draped bust right, Latin legend and toothed border surrounding, GEORGIVS. D. G. M. BR. FR. ET. HIB. REX. F. D., rev. crowned cruciform shields, eleven strings to Irish harp, garter star at centre, roses and plumes in alternate angles, date either side of top crown, Latin legend and toothed border surrounding, .BRVN. ET. L. DVX S.R.I.A:TH ET. EL., edge inscribed in raised letters of inverted orientation to obverse, note use of letter U in edge wording, +.DECUS. ET. TUTAMEN+ ANNO. REGNI. QUINTO., weight 29.72g (Bull 1540; ESC 110; S.3639). Toned, with some digs, fine, reverse a bold fine.

The abbreviated Latin legends translate as on the obverse "George by the Grace of God, King of Great Britain, France and Ireland, Defender of the Faith" and on the reverse as "Duke of Brunswick and Luneberg, High Treasurer and Elector of the Holy Roman Empire."

The roses and plumes on the reverse are indicative of metals sourced from mines in England and Wales operated by the London Lead Company which occurred on some years of coinage from 1706 in the reign of Queen Anne until 1737 in the reign of George II. For further reading see new publication "The Metal in Britain's Coins" by Graham Birch, Chapter Fourteen.

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