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George III 1787 Guinea, fifth head, spade type reverse

George III (1760-1820),gold Guinea, 1787, fifth laureate head right, GEORGIVS III DEI GRATIA.,rev.spade shaped 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. weight 8.38g (Schneider 611; Bull EGC 711; MCE 391; Farey 1260; S.3729).Toned with some light surface marks and hairlines, short scratch above 87 of date otherwise almost extremely fine.

The Latin legends translate to on obverse "George III 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 gold output for the calendar year of 1787 the first year of the spade type guinea was £2,849,057 being the second highest output for the type.

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