The Royal Mint celebrates Britain’s longest-reigning King – George III

Thursday 9th January: The Royal Mint celebrates the life and legacy of Britain’s longest-reigning King, George III, with a special commemorative £5 coin to mark 200 years since his death.

The third king from the House of Hanover but the first to be born in Britain and speak English as a first language, George III reigned for nearly six-decades making him Britain’s longest-reigning King. During his reign, George III witnessed wars with France and American colonists, territorial expansion across the world, and industrial and agricultural revolutions.

He also had an interest in astronomy and commissioned the construction of the King’s Observatory near his residence in Richmond. It was at the Observatory that George III viewed the Transit of Venus with his royal astronomer, Stephen Demainbray. In 1769 scientists travelling with Captain Cook on his first voyage of discovery also observed the same event in Tahiti.

Clare Maclennan, Divisional Director of Commemorative Coin at The Royal Mint said, “During the 59 years that George III was on the throne, he witnessed wars across continents and lived through industrial and agricultural revolutions. George III is Britain’s longest-reigning King, and we are delighted to celebrate his life and legacy with a commemorative coin.”

Dominique Evans, Royal Mint Coin Designer said, “I have placed George III at the centre of the coin design in a pose depicting the iconic portrait by Benedetto Pistrucci, that I, like many, greatly admire. Surrounding George III’s head are the symbols of his kingdom, framed by his crown. I felt it important to add symbolism reflecting the life of a king and mind of a man who was dedicated to discovery and progress. From science to agriculture and industry George III left a remarkable legacy.”

As well as the portrait, the coin also features George III’s Royal Cypher, which combines George III’s first initial ‘G’ with ‘R’, an abbreviation of ‘Rex’ the Latin word for king. The edge lettering features the words of George III at his accession: I GLORY IN THE NAME OF BRITON.

In addition to the commemorative coin marking 200 years since the death of George III, The Royal Mint has produced two historic coin sets, a Longest Reigning Monarchs Silver Crown Set which includes three silver crowns from the reigns of George III, Queen Victoria and Her Majesty The Queen and a George III Guinea Set that includes an authentic collection of George III’s fractional guineas struck by The Royal Mint. George III is the only monarch whose coinage included these four denominations of the guinea.

To view the full range celebrating the life and legacy of George III visit www.royalmint.com/george-iii

 

A Celebration of the Reign of George III Specifications

 

A Celebration of the reign of George III 2020 UK £5 Brilliant Uncirculated Coin

A Celebration of the reign of George III 2020 UK £5 Silver Proof Coin

A Celebration of the reign of George III 2020 UK £5 Silver Proof Piedfort Coin

A Celebration of the reign of George III 2020 UK £5 Gold Proof Coin

Denomination:

£5

£5

£5

£5

Issuing Authority:

UK

UK

UK

UK

Metal:

Cupro-Nickel

925 Ag Sterling Silver

925 Ag Sterling Silver

916.7 Au - Red

Weight:

28.28g

28.28g

56.56g

39.94g

Diameter:

38.61mm

38.61mm

38.61mm

38.61mm

Obverse Designer:

Jody Clark

Reverse Designer:

Dominique Evans

Quality

Brilliant Uncirculated

Proof

Proof

Proof

Edge Lettering

-

I  GLORY  IN  THE  NAME  OF  BRITON

I  GLORY  IN  THE  NAME  OF  BRITON

I  GLORY  IN  THE  NAME  OF  BRITON

Limited Edition Presentation

Unlimited

2500

550

250

RRP

£13.00

£82.50

£155.00

£2,295.00

 

 

George III Guinea Set Specifications

 

George III Quarter Guinea (Four-fold arms design)

George III Third Guinea (Crown design)

George III Half Guinea (Spade design)

George III Guinea (Spade design)

Denomination:

Quarter Guinea

Third Guinea

Half Guinea

Guinea

Metal:

22 Carat Gold

22 Carat Gold

22 Carat Gold

22 Carat Gold

Weight:

2.09g

2.78g

4.18g

8.35g

Diameter:

15.00mm

17.00mm

20.00mm

24.00mm

Year Date

1762

1797 – 1813

1787 – 1800, 1801 – 1803

1787 – 1799

Obverse Designer

Yeo

L. Pingo/N.Marchant

L. Pingo

L. Pingo

Reverse Designer

Tanner

L. Pingo

L. Pingo

L. Pingo

Limited Edition Presentation

50

RRP

£4,495.00

 

 

Longest Reigning Monarchs Silver Crown Set

 

King George lll Silver Crown

Queen Victoria Jubilee Head Silver Crown

Queen Elizabeth II Jubilee Silver Proof Crown

Denomination:

5 shillings

5 shillings

25p

Metal:

925 Ag Sterling Silver

925 Ag Sterling Silver

925 Ag Sterling Silver

Weight:

28.28g

28.28g

28.28g

Diameter:

38.61mm

38.61mm

38.61mm

Year Date

1818 - 1820

1887 – 1892

1977

Obverse Designer

Benedetto Pistrucci

Sir Joseph Edgar Boehm

Arnold Machin

Reverse Designer

Benedetto Pistrucci

Benedetto Pistrucci

Arnold Machin

Limited Edition Presentation

200

RRP

£475.00

 

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About The Royal Mint

The Royal Mint has an unbroken history of minting British coinage dating back over 1,100 years. Based in the Tower of London for over 500 years, by 1812 The Royal Mint had moved out of the Tower to premises on London’s Tower Hill. In 1967 the building of a new Royal Mint began on its current site in South Wales, UK, to accommodate the minting of UK decimal coinage.

 

Today, The Royal Mint is the world’s largest export mint, supplying coins to the UK and overseas countries.

 

The Royal Mint has also diversified into a number of other complementary businesses, building on the values that have been at the heart of the organisation throughout its history - authenticity, security, precious metals, craftsmanship and design:

 

Precious Metals

Throughout history The Royal Mint’s name has been synonymous with precious metals and bullion. The organisation trades physical and digital precious metal worldwide via www.royalmintbullion.com and a global network of distributor partners.

 

Consumer coin division

The organisation runs a thriving commemorative coin business, gifting, and a collector services division retailing historic coins, an authentication and valuation service and secure storage.

 

The Royal Mint Experience

The Royal Mint entered the tourism business in 2016 when it opened its popular visitor centre, The Royal Mint Experience, at its home in Llantrisant, South Wales. The attraction welcomes around 100,000 visitors a year.

 

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