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1817 George III Silver Halfcrown Bull Head

1817 George III Silver Halfcrown Bull Head Obverse

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A collectable silver Halfcrown of king George the Third, dated 1817. The obverse features the large bust known, contemptuously, as the ‘Bull Head’ with the date below, designed by Italian engraver, Benedetto Pistrucci. This unpopular portrait was later replaced on Halfcrown later in the same year with a more flattering image. The reverse shows an ornate shield of royal arms with the crowned arms of the House of Hanover in the centre. This is surrounded by an inscribed garter motif with a large crown above. The lettering is the motto of the Order of the Garter. Below, a tiny image of a mounted Saint George. This was engraved by Thomas Wyon. An interesting, short-lived portrait from a fascinating period in numismatic history. Spink 3788.
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Large Laureate head of George III facing right, nown as the 'Bull Head'. Date below. Engraver: Benedetto Pistrucci. Legend: 'GEORGIUS III DEI GRATIA'.


Crowned ornate shield of royal arms, smaller shield in the centre, all within a garter inscribed 'HONI · SOIT · QUI · MAL · Y · PENSE ·'. Large crown on top, tiny St George below. Engraver: Thomas Wyon. Legend around: 'BRITANNIARUM REX FID: DEF:'.


AEF - A deep, dark grey even tone to both sides, no real problems for the grade about Extremely Fine.


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