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George III, Christ Church, Birmingham, 1805.

George III, Foundation of Christ Church, Birmingham, 1805, Silver Medal by T Webb, bust of George III right, GEORGIUS III. D:G. BRITANNIARUM REX. F. D., rev. the church, ÆD : XTI: LAP: PRIM: ANG: P: C: GEO: III: FIDEI COLUMN. PRÆSIDIUM. DECUS, in exergue, BIRM: XI. CAL: AUG: MDCCCV, 42mm (BHM 601). Beautifully toned, extremely fine, the portrait especially good.

The king had intended to lay the foundation stone personally but in the event was unable to due to illness. Nevertheless he did contribute £1000 towards the construction of the church which was funded entirely by public subscription. It stood on Colmore Row, was completed in 1813 but demolished in 1899. When the British Museum acquired the personal collection of George III it was discovered that he owned a version of this medal in gold, which is presumed unique.

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