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FM19025

George I 1723 SSC Shilling, first bust

George I (1714-27),silver Shilling, 1723, South Sea Company issue, first 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, garter star at centre, initials of the South Sea Company in alternating angles, date either side of top crown, Latin legend and toothed border surrounding, BRVN. ET L. DVX S.R.I.A.TH ET. EL. weight 5.79g (Bull 1586; ESC 1176; S.3647).Toned with some flecking, some old solder around a flat edge, appears to have been once mounted in a display rather than jewellery, otherwise extremely fine.

The Latin legends translates 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 "Duke of Brunswick and Luneberg, High Treasurer and Elector of the Holy Roman Empire."

The South Sea Company famously known for the economically disastrous "South Sea Bubble" of over-speculation by the public in its shares which occurred 300 years ago in 1720, subsequently managed to recover successfully with careful debt management from this low point and later supplied much silver bullion from South America to the Mint in exchange for the right to export money overseas. The silver supplied up to 1723 produced a large coinage of Crowns, Halfcrowns, Shillings and Sixpences all dated 1723.

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