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PersonKing George III of the United Kingdom
Year1817
Description

Laureate head of King George III facing right; hair short; the tie has a loop and two hanging ends; the King's neck is bare.

Designed by Benedetto Pistrucci.

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 The design met such public hostility that it was withdrawn and replaced with this one.

Portrait by Benedetto Pistrucci (Laureate Head): Photos

Coin - Sovereign, George III, Great Britain, 1820
Copyright: Museum Victoria / CC BY
Author: Justine Philip
Notes: Gold.
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Coin - Crown, George III, Great Britain, 1820
Copyright: Museum Victoria / CC BY
Author: Justine Philip
Notes: Silver.
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List of 12 coins issued carrying effigy: Portrait by Benedetto Pistrucci (Laureate Head)
CountryNameYearMintageLegend
United Kingdom Sovereign 1817 1817 3,235,239 GEORGIUS III D: G: BRITANNIAR: REX F: D: 1817
United Kingdom Half Sovereign 1817 1817 2,080,197 GEORGIUS III DEI GRATIA 1817
United Kingdom Sovereign 1818 1818 2,347,230 GEORGIUS III D: G: BRITANNIAR: REX F: D: 1818
United Kingdom Half Sovereign 1818 1818 1,030,286 GEORGIUS III DEI GRATIA 1818
United Kingdom Crown 1818 1818 155,232 GEORGIVS III D : G : BRITANNIARUM REX F: D: 1818
United Kingdom Sovereign 1819 1819 3,574 GEORGIUS III D: G: BRITANNIAR: REX F: D: 1819
United Kingdom Crown 1819 1819 683,496 GEORGIVS III D : G : BRITANNIARUM REX F: D: 1819
United Kingdom Sovereign 1820 1820 931,994 GEORGIUS III D: G: BRITANNIAR: REX F: D: 1820
United Kingdom Half Sovereign 1820 1820 35,043 GEORGIUS III DEI GRATIA 1820
United Kingdom Two Pounds 1820 (Pattern) 1820 60 GEORGIUS III D:G: BRITANNIARUM REX F: D: 1820
United Kingdom Five Pounds 1820 (Pattern) 1820 unknown GEORGIUS III D: G: BRITANNIARUM REX F: D: 1820
United Kingdom Crown 1820 1820 448,272 GEORGIVS III D : G : BRITANNIARUM REX F: D: 1820
Portrait by Benedetto Pistrucci (Laureate Head): Some useful external links
The Royal Mint Museum: Benedetto Pistrucci Wikipedia: Benedetto Pistrucci