An Extremely Rare Prototype Gold Guinea for the New Reign of George III (1760-1820) (PT10)

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2015-06-26 11:45:34

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An Extremely Rare Prototype Gold Guinea for the New Reign of George III (1760-1820) (PT10)

When George III acceded to the Throne of Great Britain a new coinage was immediately a necessity.

The gold Guinea was first introduced in 1663 in the reign of Charles II and had been struck for most dates since including the final few years of the reign of his predecessor and Grandfather George II.

The skilled Engravers at the Tower Mint in London submitted new "pattern" designs for submission to the King's Counsel including the design featured here engraved by John Tanner, Chief Engraver, struck in 22 carat gold.

George III (1760-1820), Pattern Guinea by John S Tanner, 1761George III (1760-1820), Pattern Guinea by John S Tanner, 1761

Pattern pieces are only ever struck in very small quantities for the most important members of Counsel and the King himself to consider.

George III (1760-1820), Pattern Guinea by John S Tanner, 1761, laureate head right, Latin legend georgivs iii dei gratia reverse. Struck with an upright die axis, crowned quartered shield of arms incorporating the Arms of Hanover, date either side of crown.

Abbreviated Latin legend m. b. f. et h. rex f.d.b. et l.d.s.r.i. at e. t. e., legend translates as George III, by the Grace of God, King of Great Britain, France and Ireland, Defender of the Faith, Duke of Brunswick and Luneberg, High Treasurer and Elector of the Holy Roman Empire.

Edge plain, diameter approximately 25mm, weight 7.75gms, Three small red spots on reverse otherwise as the coin was struck, "fleur de coin" and extremely rare.

It is generally though that not more than ten to fifteen examples are ever struck of such prototypes.

Not all of those struck will have survived and it is estimated today that there are perhaps five to ten known.

(PT10)

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