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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 The design met such public hostility that it was withdrawn and replaced with this one.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.
source
List of 12 coins issued carrying effigy: Portrait by Benedetto Pistrucci (Laureate Head)
CountryNameYearMintage
United Kingdom Sovereign 1817 1817 3,235,239
United Kingdom Half Sovereign 1817 1817 2,080,197
United Kingdom Sovereign 1818 1818 2,347,230
United Kingdom Half Sovereign 1818 1818 1,030,286
United Kingdom Crown 1818 1818 155,232
United Kingdom Sovereign 1819 1819 3,574
United Kingdom Crown 1819 1819 683,496
United Kingdom Sovereign 1820 1820 931,994
United Kingdom Half Sovereign 1820 1820 35,043
United Kingdom Two Pounds 1820 (Pattern) 1820 60
United Kingdom Five Pounds 1820 (Pattern) 1820 unknown
United Kingdom Crown 1820 1820 448,272
Portrait by Benedetto Pistrucci (Laureate Head): Some useful external links
The Royal Mint Museum: Benedetto Pistrucci Wikipedia: Benedetto Pistrucci