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The design met such public hostility that it was withdrawn and replaced with a new one the next year.

Laureate bust by Benedetto Pistrucci (Bull Head): Photos

Great Britain 1816 1/2 crown
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Notes: Silver.
source
List of 2 coins issued carrying effigy: Laureate bust by Benedetto Pistrucci (Bull Head)
CountryNameYearMintageLegend
United Kingdom Halfcrown 1816 1816 unknown GEORGIUS III DEI GRATIA 1816
United Kingdom Halfcrown 1817 Large Head 1817 8,092,656 GEORGIUS III DEI GRATIA 1817