E-Auction 47 Lot 4

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E-Auction 47 Lot 4

George III. 1760-1820. AV half guinea. 4.17 gm. 21 mm. Tower mint. 1808. His laureate head right (7th bust) / Crowned shield in garter; BRITANNIARUM…recut letters: the second I/I; FIDEI…E/E;. S. 3737. EGC (Bull) 852*. Very Fine; reverse better with some luster in legends.

Ex CNG Classical Numismatic Review XLIV.1 (Winter 2019) item 502961.

In the process of reviewing this type, I observed that the reverse legend seems to have been particularly problematic. The bottom loop of the first B is frequently missing (though not in the piece offered here). Several examples offered recently show varying doubling of letters due to recutting the die. An example sold by Noonans in March of 2022 shows several recut letters: BRITANNIARUM: I/I both places, T/T, R/R, U/U. FIDEI, I/I, E/E,. DEFENSOR F/F, N/N, S/S. Other examples I reviewed showing different mixes of recut letters. Bull in the 2020 reference on English hammered gold shows only a variety with a flawed 0 (zero) in the date ignoring the range of die recutting. (AD)

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