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GM27105

George III 1761 Guinea, first bust, three leaves at top of wreath, extremely rare

George III (1760-1820), gold Guinea, 1761, first laureate head right, three leaves at top of wreath, legend GEORGIVS. III. DEI. GRATIA. toothed border around rim both sides, rev. crowned quartered shield of arms, date either side of crown, legend M.B.F.ET.H. REX. F.D.B. ET.L.D.S.R.I.A.T ET.E., weight 8.33g (Schneider 606; Bull EGC 672 R6; Farey 1025 ER; MCE 367; S.3725). Toned though perhaps once cleaned, some smoothing evident on obverse with associated surface marks and light adjustment marks, otherwise about very fine and extremely rare.

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 "Magnae Britanniae Franciae et Hiberniae Rex Fidei Defensor Brun et Lunebergen-sis Dux, Sacri Romani Imperii Archi-Thesaurius et Elector" and translates as "King of Great Britain, France and Ireland, Defender of the Faith, Duke of Brunswick and Luneberg, High Treasurer and Elector of the Holy Roman Empire."

We note the calendar year output for gold in 1761 was £494,818.

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