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FM18491

George III 1764 Half-Guinea, second young head, AU55

George III (1760-1820),gold Half-Guinea, 1764, second laureate head right, 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 4.21g (Schneider 616; Bull EGC 801; MCE 407; S.3732).Lightly toned over underlying brilliance, has been graded and slabbed by NGC as AU55.

NGC certification 6029895-001.

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.

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