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BM02874

George III 1798 Half-Guinea

George III (1760-1820), gold Half-Guinea, 1798, the 7 struck over a high 7, 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 4.20g (MCE 437; S.3735). Toned with light haymarking of a red oxidation, mainly on reverse, otherwise almost extremely 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."

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Purchased from A H Baldwin and Sons Ltd, Winter 2006.

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