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HI32496

George III 1817 Sovereign, first year of issue

Regular price £2,250
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George III (1760-1820), gold Sovereign, 1817, first laureate head right, date below, legend commences lower left GEORGIUS III D: G: BRITANNIAR: REX F:D:, rev. Saint George and dragon right, incuse BP below broken lance at lower left for designer and engraver Benedetto Pistrucci, garter motto surrounding, buckle with incuse WWP for Master of the Mint William Wellesley Pole, French motto HONI. SOIT. QUI. MAL. Y. PENSE. edge milled, weight 7.91g (Bentley 4; Marsh 1; MCE 464; EGC.895; S.3785). Toned with some pleasing detail in places, free from the contact marks normally associated with the grade, small crescent die break above portrait, reverse surface marks, edges free from bruises, bold to good fine.

Calendar year mintage 3,235,239.

The Latin legends translate to on obverse "George III by the Grace of God, King of the Britains, Defender of the Faith." The older Norman-French legend on the reverse translates as "Evil to him, who evil thinks" and is the motto of the chivalric Order of the Garter founded in 1348 by King Edward III. It was the 200thanniversary of the introduction of the modern gold Sovereign last year.

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