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George III 1811 Half Guinea

George III (1760-1820), gold Half-Guinea, 1811, seventh laureate head right, legend GEORGIVS III DEI GRATIA rev. quartered shield of arms with crowned escutcheon of the arms of Hanover, all within crowned garter, French legend on garter HONI. SOIT. QUI. MAL. Y. PENSE., date below, legend commences upper right, BRITANNIARUM REX FIDEI DEFENSOR, weight 4.21g (MCE 447; S.3737). Toned with a few light surface marks, retaining mint brilliance, a little softly struck at centre, otherwise extremely fine, the rarest year for the 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 Britons, Defender of the Faith," the French language garter motto translates as "Evil to him, who evil thinks."

Provenance:

Ex Ira and Larry Goldberg, Hollywood USA, Auction 96, 14th February 2017, lot 2325, when slabbed by NGC as AU58.

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