Guinea: George III (obverse); Shield of Arms (reverse)

Guinea: George III (obverse); Shield of Arms (reverse)

1761

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designed by

Richard Yeo

(British, 1720-1779)

Gold

Diameter: 2.4 cm (15/16 in.)

Weight: 8.033 g (0.28 oz.)

The Norweb Collection 1969.209

Location

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Richard Yeo first came to notice in 1746, when he produced the official medal for the battle of Culloden.

Description

No five- or two-guinea pieces were issued for general circulation during this reign, but there were large numbers of guineas, the unit piece. The reign saw a profusion of pattern and proof pieces being struck, mostly because a further coinage reform was imminent, as was the removal of the Royal Mint from the Tower of London, where there had been a mint for over 600 years. Richard Yeo was appointed assistant engraver at the Royal Mint in 1749, chief engraver in 1775, and died in 1779. He was responsible for a large number of pattern pieces and for some of the currency coins of the period. This coin, one of the earliest patterns of the reign, bears a portrait on the obverse similar to that of George II rather than George III.

See also
Collection: 
MED - Numismatics
Department: 
Medieval Art
Type of artwork: 
Coins
Medium: 
Gold
Credit line: 
The Norweb Collection

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