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CI05582

George III 1817 Half-Sovereign, first year of the modern Half Sovereign

George III (1760-1820), gold Half-Sovereign, 1817, engraved by Benedetto Pistrucci, laureate head right, date below, legend GEORGIVS III DEI GRATIA raised rim both sides, rev. crowned shield of arms, dot below, REX FID: DEF: BRITANNIARUM, weight 3.99g (Marsh 400; S.3786). Pleasant red tone, some underlying brilliance with only a few tiny marks, otherwise good extremely fine.

Calendar year mintage 2,080,197.

The Latin obverse legend translates as "George the Third, by the Grace of God" continuing on the reverse as "King of the Britains, Defender of the Faith."

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