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1817 King George III Silver Halfcrown Coin Pistrucci Small Laureate Head

1817 George III Silver Halfcrown Small Laureate Head Obverse

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A silver Halfcrown of king George the Third dated 1817. The obverse features the second smaller laureate bust of the king by Benedetto Pistrucci. This is identified by the distinctive shorter neck rather than the wide shoulders of the ‘Bull Head’ - also the work of Pistrucci. The date appears below. The reverse shows the shield of royal arms, representing England, Scotland and Ireland with a smaller Hanoverian shield to the centre. This is enclosed within a crowned garter motif with the motto of the Order of the Garter inscribed. The coin displays a milled edge. The specifications of Halfcrowns were revised with The Great Recoinage of 1816, establishing specifications that would last until the twentieth century: 14.14 grams of .925 sterling silver and a diameter of 32.31 millimetres. Spink 3789.
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Second smaller laureate head of George III, facing right with distinctive shorter truncated neck, date below. Engraver: Benedetto Pistrucci. Legend: 'GEORGIUS III DEI GRATIA'.


Crowned scalloped shield of royal arms, smaller shield in the centre, all within a garter inscribed 'HONI · SOIT Q - MAL · Y · PENSE' with a large crown on top. Engraver: Thomas Wyon. Legend: 'BRITANNIARUM REX FID: DEF:'.


EF - An even mid grey dull tone, a few minute scratches and nicks, no real problems for Extremely Fine.


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