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FM19973

George III 1769 Guinea, third head

George III (1760-1820), gold Guinea, 1769, third 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 8.28g (Schneider -; Bull EGC 679; MCE 374; Farey 1090; S.3727).Toned with some light surface marks and hairlines, otherwise good fine to almost very fine, a scarce 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."

We note the calendar year output was £696,670 worth of gold in 1769.

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