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HI29717

George III 1801 Half-Guinea, sixth bust

Regular price £1,000
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George III (1760-1820), gold Half-Guinea, 1801, sixth laureate head right, legend GEORGIVS III DEI GRATIA, rev. quartered shield of arms within crowned garter, French legend on garter HONI. SOIT. QUI. MAL. Y. PENSE., date below, legend commences upper right, BRITANNIARUM REX FIDEI DEFENSOR, weight 4.20g (Schneider -; Bull EGC 845; MCE 439; S.3736). Lightly toned, a couple of tiny spots, otherwise extremely fine, the first year for this bust type.

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 "King of all the Britains, Defender of the Faith," the French language garter motto translates as "Evil to him, who evil thinks."

The gold output for the calendar year of 1801 amounted to £450,242 as Half Guineas and Third Guineas only.

Provenance:

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

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