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1817 King George III Silver Halfcrown Coin Bull Head

1817 King George III Silver Halfcrown Coin Bull Head Obverse

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Uncirculated Bull Head 1817 new coinage Halfcrown of King George III. Obverse: large head and shoulders laureate bust of George III known, contemptuously, as the 'Bull Head' with the date below, designed by Italian engraver, Benedetto Pistrucci. Right-facing, ribbons at neck. Legend around reads 'GEORGIUS III DEI GRATIA' with date - 1817 - below. Toothed border and milled edge. Reverse: ornate shield of royal arms with the crowned arms of the House of Hanover in the centre. This is surrounded by an inscribed garter and chain of office 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, slaying an equally tiny dragon. Legend around reads: 'BRITANNIARUM REX FID: DEF:'. The Bull Head portrait used on this coin proved unpopular and was, as such, only used on Halfcrowns issued in 1816 and 1817. Two distinct Halfcrown designs were struck by the Royal Mint in 1817, the other variety bearing a smaller laureate bust and a different reverse. Composition: .925 sterling silver. Diameter: 32.3 millimetres. Weight: 14.15 grams. Grade: A UNC/UNC - Bright uncirculated obverse has very minor directional hairlines under magnification as if rubbed with a soft cloth. References: S 3788, ESC 616.
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Obverse

Large laureate head of King George III facing right, known as the 'Bull Head'. Date below. Engraver: Benedetto Pistrucci. Legend: 'GEORGIUS III DEI GRATIA'.

Reverse

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:'.

Specification

Historic British sterling silver coin. Weight: 14.15 grams. Diameter: 32.3 millimetres.

Grade

A UNC/UNC - Bright uncirculated obverse has very minor directional hairlines under magnification as if rubbed with a soft cloth.

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