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GM25387

George III 1788 Half-Guinea, fifth head, spade shaped shield reverse

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George III (1760-1820), gold Half-Guinea, 1788, fifth laureate head right, legend GEORGIVS III DEI GRATIA. rev. crowned quartered spade shaped shield of arms, date at bottom, legend commences lower left, M.B.F.ET.H. REX. F.D.B. ET.L.D.S.R.I.A.T ET.E., weight 4.19g (Schneider -; Bull EGC 830; MCE 428; S.3735). Toned with light hairline scratches both sides, 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 gold output for the calendar year of 1788 the second year of the spade type guinea was £3,664,175 being the highest output for the type and fifth highest of the denomination in this reign.

Provenance:

Ex Dr Rolf Baumhauer, British gold Collection, Sincona Auction 75, 16th May 2022, lot 270.

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