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FM19981

George III 1774 Guinea, first year for fourth head type

George III (1760-1820),gold Guinea, 1774, fourth 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 8.36g (Schneider -; Bull EGC 687; MCE 379; Farey 1140; S.3728).Toned with a few light surface marks, vertical scratch on neck with past attempt at brushing it weaker, otherwise a bold very fine.

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 calendar year output for 1774, the first year of the fourth head type was £4,685,624 which was the third highest for the date range of this type.

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