George III Gold 'Spade' Guinea 1792

Denomination: Gold guinea

Period: Hanoverian

Date: 1792

Origin: Royal Mint, London

Condition: Fine/Almost VF, solder at 12 o'clock indicating the use as jewellery at some point

Obverse: Laureate head (fifth bust), right, legend around

Reverse: Crowned 'spade'-shaped shield of arms surrounded by legend

Size and Weight: 25mm, 8.21g

References: Spink 3729

Features and Provenance: The reign of George III was to be the longest of any British monarch when he passed and saw such notable events as: the French Revolution, the American War of Independence, and the Battles of Trafalgar and Waterloo. 

George became king in 1760 at the age of 22. A pious man, he loathed corruption and sought, maybe rather naively, to rid the court and government of 'bad men'. He later admitted defeat and concluded 'We must call in bad men to govern bad men!'. His lapses into insanity in later life have now been attributed to porphyria, an imbalance in the body that poisons the nervous system, however, the latest diagnosis is that he suffered from bi-polar disorder. His last ten years were particularly sad, spending them isolated in a set of rooms in Kew Palace. He died at the age of 82, in 1820, having been a much loved monarch by the people, if not his governments.

 

 

Condition Summary. This varies with the age of coin and there are grades between

Uncirculated (U). As struck with no traces of wear

Extremely Fine (EF). Very slight traces of wear, all parts of legend etc present, visible and clear

Very Fine (VF). Some signs of wear on the higher parts of the relief, all parts of legend etc present, but maybe worn

Fine (F). Wear on the coin and parts of legend etc may be missing or not visible

 

 

 

 

 

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