Information about effigy: King George III - Small Laureate Head

King George III - Small Laureate Head

The massive re-coinage 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The design met such public hostility that it was withdrawn and replaced with a new one the next year. It is known (together with the version where the King's bare shoulders are seen) as the Bull Head portrait.

King George III - Small Laureate Head - showing 35 of 35 coins
NameMintageLegend
Sixpence 1816 unknown GEOR: III D: G: BRITT: REX F: D: 1816
Shilling 1816 unknown GEOR: III D: G: BRITT: REX F: D: 1816
Threepence 1817 (Circulating) unknown GEORGIUS III DEI GRATIA 1817
Twopence 1817 (Circulating) unknown GEORGIVS III DEI GRATIA 1817
Halfcrown 1817 Small Head 8,092,656 GEORGIUS III DEI GRATIA 1817
Penny 1817 (Maundy) 10,000 GEORGIVS III DEI GRATIA 1817
Twopence 1817 (Maundy) 2,376 GEORGIVS III DEI GRATIA 1817
Fourpence 1817 (Maundy) 1,386 GEORGIVS III DEI GRATIA 1817
Threepence 1817 (Maundy) 1,584 GEORGIUS III DEI GRATIA 1817
Shilling 1817 23,031,360 GEOR: III D: G: BRITT: REX F: D: 1817
Sixpence 1817 10,921,680 GEOR: III D: G: BRITT: REX F: D: 1817
Penny 1817 (Silver, circulating) unknown GEORGIUS III DEI GRATIA 1817
Twopence 1818 (Circulating) unknown GEORGIVS III DEI GRATIA 1818
Shilling 1818 1,342,440 GEOR: III D: G: BRITT: REX F: D: 1818
Penny 1818 (Silver, circulating) unknown GEORGIUS III DEI GRATIA 1818
Threepence 1818 (Circulating) unknown GEORGIUS III DEI GRATIA 1818
Halfcrown 1818 2,905,056 GEORGIUS III DEI GRATIA 1818
Sixpence 1818 4,284,720 GEOR: III D: G: BRITT: REX F: D: 1818
Threepence 1818 (Maundy) 1,584 GEORGIUS III DEI GRATIA 1818
Fourpence 1818 (Maundy) 1,188 GEORGIVS III DEI GRATIA 1818
Twopence 1818 (Maundy) 2,376 GEORGIVS III DEI GRATIA 1818
Penny 1818 (Maundy) 9,504 GEORGIVS III DEI GRATIA 1818
Halfcrown 1819 4,790,016 GEORGIUS III DEI GRATIA 1819
Sixpence 1819 4,712,400 GEOR: III D: G: BRITT: REX F: D: 1819
Shilling 1819 7,595,280 GEOR: III D: G: BRITT: REX F: D: 1819
Halfcrown 1820 King George III 2,396,592 GEORGIUS III DEI GRATIA 1820
Sixpence 1820 1,488,960 GEOR: III D: G: BRITT: REX F: D: 1820
Twopence 1820 (Circulating) unknown GEORGIVS III DEI GRATIA 1820
Fourpence 1820 (Maundy) 990 GEORGIVS III DEI GRATIA 1820
Threepence 1820 (Circulating) unknown GEORGIUS III DEI GRATIA 1820
Penny 1820 (Silver, circulating) unknown GEORGIUS III DEI GRATIA 1820
Penny 1820 (Maundy) 7,920 GEORGIVS III DEI GRATIA 1820
Twopence 1820 (Maundy) 1,584 GEORGIVS III DEI GRATIA 1820
Shilling 1820 King George III 7,975,440 GEOR: III D: G: BRITT: REX F: D: 1820
Threepence 1820 (Maundy) 1,320 GEORGIUS III DEI GRATIA 1820
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King George III - Small Laureate Head: Details
Year1816
Personal InformationKing George III of the United Kingdom
CountryUnited Kingdom
King George III - Small Laureate Head: Photos
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King George III - Small Laureate Head: Photo Great Britain 1820 shilling Great Britain 1820 shilling
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