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1817 George III Gold Half Sovereign First Modern Sovereign

1817 George III Gold Half Sovereign First Modern Sovereign Obverse

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A collectable King George the Third gold Half Sovereign, dated 1817: the first year in which this coin was minted. The obverse features the laureate head of George III, facing right, with the date below by Benedetto Pistrucci. The reverse shows a crowned quartered shield of arms, representing England, Scotland and Ireland with the arms of the House of Hanover in the middle. This design is by William Wyon. The legend around translates to ‘King of the Britains, Defender of the Faith’. This coin was introduced as part of the recoinage programme that followed the end of the Napoleonic Wars and was issued in the same year as the more famous first full sovereigns. A great piece of history to add to your collection.
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Laureate head of George III, facing right with hair ribbons at neck, engraved by Benedetto Pistrucci. Inscribed 'GEORGIUS III DEI GRATIA 1817'.


Crowned shield of royal arms representing England, Scotland, and Ireland with the centre shield for George III's House of Hanover. Inscription reads 'BRITANNIARUM REX FID: DEF:'. Engraver: William Wyon. 


Vertical milled.


F - No major scratches or dinks but even circulation wear to high points for an about Fine grade.


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