The 2020 King George III Gold Proof Sovereign 5-Coin Set
This coin set celebrates the 200th anniversary of the end of King George III's reign which lasted from 1760-1820.
The set holds over 2 ounces of 22-carat gold and features 5 variations of soveriegn weights representing coins of the age. These include representations of a five shilling crown, a 1790 Spanish silver dollar, a 1787-99 spade guinea, an 1817 silver half crown and a recreation of the rare 1798 Dorrien Magens shilling.
Only 100 sets were issued.
George William Frederick of the House of Hanover was born at Norfolk House in St. James's Square on 4th June 1738 to Frederick, the Prince of Wales and Princess Augusta of Saxe-Gotha. He was born two months prematurely and was considered unlikely to survive. He grew to be a healthy but reserved and shy child and was educated by private tutors.
His father, being the next in line to the throne after George II died suddenly from a lung injury aged 44, leaving his son George as the heir apparent. On 25th October 1760, George II also died suddenly and the 22-year-old George became the new King.
George married Princess Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz nearly a year after his reign began. Together they had 15 children, including George Augustus Frederick who would succeed his father as King George IV upon his death in 1820.
George III's reign lasted for 59 years and 96 days. His reign lasted longer than any of his predecessors and successors until the reign of Queen Victoria and later, Queen Elizabeth II.
Several British historians were hostile to George's reign although in later years, historian Lewis Namier would start a re-evaluation of the King and his reign.
His wars with the American colonists in the American War of Independence and the later Napoleonic Wars would perhaps be his most enduring legacies.
The obverse features Jody Clark's portrait of HM Queen Elizabeth II and is inscribed:
ELIZABETH II • DEI • REGINA • F • D • ST. HELENA
The reverse of these coins bear an image of their original counterparts, including:
A modern interpretation of Benedetto Pistrucci's St. George and the Dragon;
A portrait of King Charles IV from the 1790 Spanish silver dollar;
The British Royal Arms design from the 1787-1799 spade guinea;
A recreation of the 1817 silver half crown with a quartered crown with a smaller crown inescutcheon;
A recreation of the Dorrien Magens shilling from 1798.
|Gold Weight Troy Ounces||2.058|
|Fineness / Carat||0.917 / 22|
|Obverse Designer||Jody Clark|
|Reverse Designer||Benedetto Pistrucci|
|Issuing Monarch||Elizabeth II (1952 - Date)|
|Mint / Brand||East India Company|
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