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1820 George III Sovereign Open 2

1820 George III Sovereign Open 2 Obverse

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Regular date 1820 gold Sovereign of George III. Obverse: laureate head of King George III with tighter curls, facing right. Artist: Benedetto Pistrucci. Legend: 'GEORGIUS III D: G: BRITANNIAR: REX F: D:'. Note ascending colon, compact date and the curled taper of the '2', touching the stem. Reverse: St George wearing cape and helmet, mounted on a rearing horse. England's patron saint holds one half of a broken spear, the other half lies on the ground near a dragon which cowers under the horses hooves. Stylised garter motif around bearing the words 'HONI · SOIT · QUI · MAL · Y · PENSE ·'. George III died on 20 January 1820 but his name and portrait were used on Sovereigns for a good while afterwards. These gold coins had been introduced in late 1817, taking their name from an older, hammered Tudor coin. Both sides of the first milled Sovereigns were designed by the Italian artist Benedetto Pistrucci. They weigh the standard 7.98 grams and feature a milled edge plus a diameter of 22.05 millimetres. Marsh records that some 2,101,994 Sovereigns were issued in this year, giving these standard date types a rating of 'S' for scarce: all George III Sovereigns are tough to find in high grade. We've graded this example VF+ - Usual contact marks under magnification for gold, a few minor obverse knocks, Very Fine or slightly better. References: Marsh 4, S 3785C.
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Obverse

Laureate head of King George III with hair ribbons at the neck, facing right. Normal date below (1820) with open '2' and legend around that reads 'GEORGIUS III D: G: BRITANNIAR: REX F: D:'. Engraver: Benedetto Pistrucci.

Reverse

Saint George, slaying a dragon from horseback, lance in hand, helmet on head. Legend around in garter: 'HONI · SOIT · QUI · MAL · Y · PENSE ·'. Artist: Benedetto Pistrucci.

Specification

Milled gold coin. Weight: 7.98 grams. Diameter: 22.05 millimetres.

Grade

VF+ - Usual contact marks under magnification for gold, a few minor obverse knocks, Very Fine slightly better.

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