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EM17835

George III 1764 Guinea, second bust, no stop over head, very rare variety

George III (1760-1820), gold Guinea, 1764, second laureate head right, legend GEORGIVS. III DEI. GRATIA., no stop over head, 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 8.32g (Schneider -; Bull EGC 674 R; MCE 369; Farey 1045 VR; S.3726). Toned, peppered with surface marks and hairlines, raised die flaw in obverse field with some old graffiti, otherwise about very fine and very rare to see in grades above fine and without the over head stop in legend.

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."

The total output of gold for the calendar year of 1764 was £843,153, one of the lower amounts for the reign, where later years in the spade type guineas run to over three million pounds, with the peak year actually in the fourth head type for 1776 with just over five million pounds produced.

During the 1764 issue the stop over the head disappears as with this coin, and is omitted throughout the third and fourth head issues till 1786.

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