This 1820 half crown was issued during the reign of King George III. The coin features the small portrait of George on the obverse, with the crowned shield on the reverse.
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George III halfcrowns were issued from 1816 to 1820. There were two different types, each of which used a different portrait paired with its own reverse design.
The last few years of George III's reign saw a complete revision of the British coinage. For some two or three decades, there had been a shortage of small change, and only sporadic production of many denominations.
In 1816, the Royal Mint was moved from the Tower of London to a new site nearby on Tower Hill, where it remained until shortly before decimalisation in 1971. New steam powered coinage presses were introduced, these had been pioneered by Matthew Boulton and James Watt at their Soho, Birmingham works, and were capable of producing higher quality coins more efficiently than the previous presses, which were largely hand operated.
The edge is milled.
Smaller laureate head of George III facing right, with larger lettering.
The obverse inscription reads:
GEORGIUS III DEI GRATIA
A larger shield within a garter which bears the inscription "HONI SOIT QUI MAL Y PENSE", with a plainer crown. The shield is quartered with a central crowned shield shaped inescutcheon, larger than the first type with a larger, plainer crown. The garter is not enclosed by a decorative border.
There is no St. George and dragon, which is replaced by a buckle of the garter, and the legend lettering is larger.
The reverse legends read:
BRITANNIARUM REX FID DEF
|Fineness / Carat||0.925 Sterling|
|Obverse Designer||Benedetto Pistrucci|
|Reverse Designer||Thomas Wyon|
|Issuing Monarch||George III (1760-1820)|
|Mint / Brand||The Royal Mint|
|Obverse Grade||Reverse Grade||Price||Availability|
|gFine||aFine||£90.00||Add Stock Alert|
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