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Information about effigy: King George III of the United Kingdom / Laureate bust by Benedetto Pistrucci (Bull Head)

PersonKing George III of the United Kingdom
Year1816
Description

The massive recoinage programme by the Royal Mint in 1816 necessitated a new effigy of the monarch. Pistrucci's initial portrait of King George III has become known to collectors as the "bull-head George". He could not engrave it from life since King George III was insane.

The design met such public hostility that it was withdrawn and replaced with a new one the next year.

List of 2 coins issued carrying effigy: Laureate bust by Benedetto Pistrucci (Bull Head)
CountryNameYearMintage
United Kingdom Halfcrown 1816 1816 unknown
United Kingdom Halfcrown 1817 Large Head 1817 8,092,656