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George III 1817 Sovereign, the first year issued

George III (1760-1820), gold Sovereign, 1817, first laureate head right, date below, Latin legend commences lower left GEORGIUS III D: G: BRITANNIAR: REX F:D: rev. St 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 7.98g (Bentley 4; Marsh 1; S.3785). Lightly toned, some surface marks, good very fine.

Calendar year mintage 3,235,239.

The Latin legends translate to on obverse "George III by the Grace of God, King of the Britons, 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 200th anniversary of the introduction of the modern gold Sovereign last year.

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