George III (25.10.1760- 29.1.1820)
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A major turning point in the nation's coinage as pioneers such as Matthew Boulton introduced new steam-powered machinery into the Mint, enabling the production of high quality, uniform coins in very large quantities. The patterns and proofs are amongst the most attractive of all coins made in the last 200 years. It was in 1797, when the Royal Mint had all but ceased any activity, that the regal copper coinage was completely re-organised due to the ingenuity and perseverance of Matthew Boulton, F.R.S. Peck's book has 175 pages devoted to this series of copper coins. Most collectors want a good representative sample of proofs, patterns and currency. The Cartwheel ¼ds of 1797 and 1798 are particularly stunning.
Currency Farthings of the Soho Period
Currency Farthings of the pre-Soho Period
Note: Contemporary counterfeits (1771 - 1775) are commonplace. Usually lighter in weight, on a smaller and thinner module.
Note on 1771:
Three distinct reverses exist for 1771 currency coins :
Reverse A. Olive branch points to right hand limb of letter N of BRITANNIA.
Reverse B. Olive branch points to left hand limb of letter N in BRITANNIA.
Reverse C. Olive branch points to right hand limb of letter A in BRITANNIA. The first 7 of the date is struck over a 1.
Reverse B is commonest, Reverse C quite a bit scarcer and Reverse A much the rarest. (A different die is used for the Proof 1771 ¼d.)
All 1771 Farthings are rare.
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1771 Copper Proof. See under proofs and patterns.