Information about effigy: Portrait by Benedetto Pistrucci (Laureate Head)

King George III of the United Kingdom (4 June 1738 - 29 January 1820)

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 The design met such public hostility that it was withdrawn and replaced with this one.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): Details
Year1817
Personal Information King George III of the United Kingdom
Portrait by Benedetto Pistrucci (Laureate Head): Photos
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Portrait by Benedetto Pistrucci (Laureate Head): Photo Coin - Sovereign, George III, Great Britain, 1820 Coin - Sovereign, George III, Great Britain, 1820
Copyright: Museum Victoria / CC BY
Author: Justine Philip
Notes: Gold.
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Portrait by Benedetto Pistrucci (Laureate Head): Photo Coin - Crown, George III, Great Britain, 1820 Coin - Crown, George III, Great Britain, 1820
Copyright: Museum Victoria / CC BY
Author: Justine Philip
Notes: Silver.
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