George III 1760 - 1820

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George III 'Cartwheel' Twopence 1797 Fine

In 1797 the Mint contracted out to have struck the largest copper coin that would ever be struck in this country. It is known as the Cartwheel Twopence and it actually weighs two ounces of copper. They were trying to give people value for money. But of course the people hated it, because it weighed two ounces and was heavy to carry around and use. You have the bust of King George III dressed as a Roman on one side and a seated Britannia on the other side. Because the copper was soft, they dented and scratched quite easily. They normally come in lower grades, that is why we are happy to offer ours here in Fine. Yes of course there will be some bumps on the edges, but they are kept to a minimum on our coins. A one year type coin, the largest copper coin ever issued in this country and now over 200 years old.

George III BH Sixpence Very Good

In 1816 there was the Currency Reform Act, which allowed coins to be struck even without the Monarch’s permission. This was put into place because of King George III’s illness and the shortage of small change. From 1816 on, new designs, new weights new everything. These are the first of the new Sterling Silver Sixpences issued from 1816-1820. You have the bull head of the King on one side and a crowned shield on the other side. Even in this grade supplies are limited.

George III Imitation Spade Half Guinea

Every week we have someone bring in a Guinea or Half Guinea token and we have to tell them that they are not real. It started in the 1800’s with a man called Kettle, who made gold looking brass copies of the King George III Spade Guinea and Half Guinea. The story is that an actress used to throw these to the audience at the end of her performance. The audience was to respond by throwing real Gold Guineas back. Is this true or not, we just don’t know. But over the years a vast number of imitations were made, none of which were meant to pass as real Gold coins. A number even had advertising on them and were obviously given out as a sort of store card. We have nice examples of the Guinea and Half Guinea from Victorian times and well over 100 years old. They have been gilded or even gold plated, but they are not real Gold. Wonderful conversation pieces and today they are getting more and more difficult to find in any sort of quantity. The designs may vary slightly.

George III, Crown 1819 LIX

George III, 1760-1820. Crown 1819 edge LIX. Uncirculated with prooflike surfaces.

George III, Halfpenny 1799

George III, 1760-1820, Halfpenny 1799. Choice Uncirculated with rainbow toning

George III Crown Very Good

In 1816 the government made all of the older coins no longer legal tender. They then issued a whole series of new coins, which were of course legal tender. This is the first type of Crown or Five Shillings to be issued for King George III. They are struck in Sterling Silver and were issued only from 1818- 1820. This coin is now proving very hard to get and it has been sometime since we last had enough to offer them. Dates of our choice, but we offer them here in Very Good condition. A very important coin as it was the first of the ‘new’ coinage to be struck.

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