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EM16216

George III 1790 Guinea, fifth bust, spade type reverse

George III (1760-1820), gold Guinea, 1790, 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 8.40g (Schneider -; Bull EGC 718; MCE 394; Farey 1290; S.3729). Toned, light surface marks, a bold very fine and a scarce date.

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 1790 was £2,660,522 being the fifth highest output for the type.

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