2020 East India Company Gold Proof George III Double Sovereign.
Issued to commemorate Britain's longest reigning King, this 2020 double sovereign was released on the 200th anniversary since the death of King George III.
Only 200 of these coins were minted with only 50 issued in this presentation.
Struck in 22-carat gold, this double sovereign features a design reminiscent of the original Spanish dollar coins in 1797.
George III was one of Britain's longest serving monarchs, and sat upon the throne for nearly 60 years. He was however, one of the most unfortunate ones, and spent most of his final years in poor mental health, for which he is sadly, best known.
After years of War, the American Revolution, His Majesty's Treasury was severely depleted. One asset that the treasury held in abundance at the Bank of England was the Spanish silver dollar, which was a highly tradeable coin during the era. King George authorised the counter stamping of these Spanish coins with his own image. His image forms an inset within the portrait of King Charles III of Spain.
The obverse features Jody Clark's portrait of HM Queen Elizabeth II and is inscribed:
ELIZABETH II • DEI • GRA • REGINA • F • D • ST. HELENA
The reverse features the image of King Charles III of Spain, as featured on the Spanish dollar, and an inset image of King George III.
The coin is inscribed:
HONI • SOIT • QUI • MAL • Y • PENSE
which roughly translates to "Evil be to him who evil thinks thereof".
|Weight / Size||Double|
|Gold Weight Troy Ounces||0.471|
|Fineness / Carat||0.917 / 22|
|Obverse Designer||Jody Clark|
|Issuing Monarch||Elizabeth II (1952 - Date)|
|Mint / Brand||East India Company|
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