George III Set | The Royal Mint

George III Set

  • A complete set of the first silver coins reissued under George III
  • Sourced and authenticated by Royal Mint experts
  • Available in limited numbers
  • Each historic coin in this set is a minimum of Fine quality
Price: £375.00
  • Limited Stock
  • Delivery within 7 to 10 working days.
  • Product code: HISGRSCC
  • Limited Edition Presentation: 220

Restoration of Stability

The first silver coins reissued under George III together in one set

Britain’s balance sheet bore the brunt of the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic wars. Economic crisis loomed. In 1816 a massive recoinage was undertaken to help stabilise the nation’s finances. Under the stewardship of William Wellesley-Pole, production of new silver coins went into overdrive.  Steam-powered technology transformed the production process at the new Royal Mint at Tower Hill. Coins of vastly superior quality were struck in record numbers, restoring faith in Britain’s currency and putting in place a system of coinage that survived almost unchanged until decimalisation.

This three-coin set brings together the first silver coins reissued under George III: a sixpence, shilling and half-crown, the latter bearing Pistrucci’s infamous ‘Bull’s Head’ portrait of the king. Unpopular and short-lived, it was replaced in 1817 after widespread public hostility. Together the coins tell the story of one of the most fascinating periods in minting history, one of innovation in the face of adversity that set new standards of production excellence.

George III Set

Alloy .925 Sterling Silver
Weight 2.83g
Diameter 19.41mm
Reverse Designer T. Wyon Jnr
Obverse Designer Benedetto Pistrucci
Edge Inscription Honi soit quy mal y pense
Year 1816-1820
Pure Metal Type Silver

George III Shilling

Alloy .925 Sterling Silver
Weight 5.66g
Diameter 23.60mm
Reverse Designer T. Wyon Jnr
Obverse Designer Benedetto Pistrucci
Year 1816-1820
Pure Metal Type Silver

George III Half Crown

Alloy .925 Sterling Silver
Weight 14.14g
Diameter 32.31mm
Reverse Designer T. Wyon Jnr
Obverse Designer Benedetto Pistrucci
Year 1816-1817
Pure Metal Type Silver

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