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George III Silver Half-Crown 1817 Small Head Version

Denomination: Silver half-crown

Period: House of Hanover

Date: 1817

Origin: Tower Hill new mint, London

Condition: VF+

Obverse: Small laureate head, right, date below, legend around

Reverse: Crowned garter and shield, legend around

Size and Weight: 32mm, 14.16g

References: Sear 3789

Features and Provenance: The reign of George III was to be the longest, at the time, of any British monarch 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. His last ten years were particularly sad, spending them isolated in a set of rooms in Windsor Castle. 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 inbetween

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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