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FM19988

George III 1778 Guinea, fourth head, scarce date

George III (1760-1820),gold Guinea, 1778, 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 8.32g (Schneider -; Bull EGC 696; MCE 383; Farey 1180; S.3728).Toned, with surface marks, good fine to almost very fine, 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."

The total calendar year output for 1778 was £350,438 which was the second lowest for the date range of this type.

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