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HI31883

George III 1818 Sovereign AU55, ascending colon variety

Regular price £4,250
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George III (1760-1820), gold Sovereign, 1818, ascending colon in legend-type B, first laureate head right, date below, legend commences lower left, GEORGIVS 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, Old French motto HONI. SOIT. QUI. MAL. Y. PENSE. edge milled (Bentley 384; Marsh 2A; Bull EGC 900; S.3785A). Few contact marks and scuffs, even toning with some good overall detail and residual bloom. A scarcer type legend type. Graded by PCGS as AU55.

PCGS Certification 517059.55 / 47490711.

Calendar year mintage 2,347,230.

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.

The ascending colon variety presumably came after the descending colon variety during this year as it continues into the second head for1820 Sovereigns. The descending colon occurs only for 1817 and 1818 with the first head with less wiry hair.

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