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GM25385

George III 1778 Half-Guinea, fourth bust, one of only two ever graded MS62

George III (1760-1820), gold Half Guinea, 1786, fourth laureate head right, Latin legend surrounding, GEORGIVS III DEI GRATIA., rev. crowned quartered shield of arms, date below, legend reads in abbreviated Latin commencing lower left, M.B.F. ET. H. REX. F.D. B.ET. L. D. S. R. I. A. T ET. E. (Schneider 619; Bull EGC 827; MCE 426; S.3734). A nice example with strong residual mint lustre, graded by NGC as AU58.

NGC Certification 2124454-004.

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.

Provenance:

Ex-Sincona British Collection Part 2, Sincona Auction 75, 16th May 2022, Lot 265.

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