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EM17952

George III 1768 Half-Guinea, second head, rare date for denomination

George III (1760-1820),gold Half-Guinea, 1768, 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. (MCE 410; S.3733).Toned with surface marks and digs, otherwise good fine / very fine, and a rare date.

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."

Even though the calendar year output of gold coinage was £834,742 for 1768, the majority must have been guineas as those seem to have survived, whereas the Half-Guinea is less frequently encountered.

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