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Auction 12  21 Feb 2024
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Lot 37

Starting price: 1100 GBP
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George III (1760-1820), silver Crown, 1819 LIX, laureate head right, PISTRUCCI below truncation, date below, Latin legend and toothed border surrounding, GEORGIUS III D:G: BRITANNIARUM REX F: D:, rev. St. George and the Dragon right, PISTRUCCI in exergue, Order of the Garter motto in Old French surrounding, HONI. SOIT. QUI. MAL. Y. PENSE, edge inscribed in raised letters and dated, DECUS ET TUTAMEN ANNO REGNI LIX (Bull 2010; ESC 215; S.3787). Darkly toned but with minimal surface wear, graded by NGC as MS61.

NGC Certification 6134446-006

Calendar year mintage 683,496.

The Latin legend translates on the obverse as "George the Third by the Grace of God, King of the Britons, Defender of the Faith" and the Old French on the reverse as , "Shame on he who thinks ill of it."

Perhaps the favourite coin of William Wellesley Pole the Master of the Mint at this time and older brother of the Duke of Wellington, the silver Crowns engraved by Italian engraver Benedetto Pistrucci were released with a glowing sense of pride in that Pole ordered that each piece was wrapped in tissue paper before being sent out to the banks for circulation. Considered as a piece of numismatic art by Pole who had made the sometime fiery Pistrucci the Chief Engraver in all but name as an Italian could not hold such an office in the Royal Mint officially at that time, the name of the engraver features prominently in full on both sides of the coin.
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