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HM32173

George III 1797 Guinea, fifth head, spade type reverse

Regular price £1,650
Regular price Sale price £1,650

George III (1760-1820),gold Guinea, 1797, 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., edge milled, weight 8.40g (MCE 401; EGC 730; Farey 1360; Schneider -; S.3729). Of bright appearance perhaps from being once cleaned, but now lightly toned, some nicks on cheek, otherwise near extremely fine with much eye appeal, 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."

We note the calendar year output of gold in 1797 totalled £2,000,297 of which we know that £315,000 worth was the new currency Third Guinea issued with that date.

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