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JI33379

George III 1820 LX pattern Two-Pounds PR62CAM, only 60 struck ex Samuel King

Regular price £65,000
Regular price Sale price £65,000

George III (1760-1820),gold Pattern Two Pounds, 1820, laureate head right by Benedetto Pistrucci, date below, legend and toothed border surrounding, GEORGIUS III D: G: BRITANNIARUM REX F: D:,rev.inverted die axis, St George and dragon right, initials W.W.P. raised on ground below broken lance for Mint Master William Wellesley Pole, B.P. to upper right of exergue, edge inscribed in raised letters, DECUS ET TUTAMEN* ANNO REGNI LX* (Hawkins 134; Schneider -; WR 179 R3; Hill T1 R3; S.3784).Some light surface marks, has been slabbed and graded by PCGS as PR62 CAMEO, very rare, one of only sixty struck.

PCGS Certification 931946.62/48367162.

With only sixty pieces struck, the gold Pattern Two Pounds is one of the hardest of this denomination to obtain for a collector, and highly coveted as a magnificent example of the work of Benedetto Pistrucci, in a last swansong coin for the reign of King George III, under the Master of the Mint William Wellesley Pole, who was the brother of the Duke of Wellington. A gold Five Pounds and Two Pounds had been in gestation since 1816 when ideas for the new "recoinage" which reintroduced the Sovereign as a denomination were coming to fruition.

However, it was not till 1819-20 that the physical manifestation of the gold Five Pounds and Two Pounds came to exist.

Edward Hawkins writing in his article "Gold Coins of England" in volume 13 of the Numismatic Chronicle 1850-51, page 170 talks of the workers at the Mint preparing the gold patterns of the Five Pound and Two Pound piece and working through the night when the death of George III was expected hourly. The coins were literally finished as the King passed away on 29thJanuary 1820 and only 25 pieces of each had been officially ordered. However, by some misunderstanding, 60 examples of the gold Two Pounds were physically struck, perhaps because it became readily apparent that the King had passed away, and that such pieces would become some sort of "memento mori" in memory of his long reign.

Provenance:

Ex Samuel King Collection, Spink Coin Auction 173, 5th May 2005, lot 195.

Ex Peh Family Collection, part I, Goldberg, 30th January 2024, lot 1145.

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