George III Gold Third-Guinea 1802
Denomination: Gold third-guinea
Origin: Royal Mint, London
Obverse: Laureate head (first bust), right, legend around
Reverse: Central crown with date below, legend around
Size and Weight: 17mm, 2.8g
References: Spink 3739
Features and Provenance: This coin was only produced during this reign from 1797 to 1813 so is relatively rare. At the time they were known as seven shilling pieces but this denomination was removed towards the end of his reign. It was replaced by the sovereign in 1817.
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
- Product Code: RNC058
- Availability: Sold