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

PictureDate DESCRIPTION Price  
Click here to view picture 1806 BMC 1396 (Curls rendered with incuse lines). GVF £20.00
Click here to view picture 1806 BMC 1396 (Curls rendered with incuse lines). Unc traces of lustre £80.00
1806 BMC 1397 (Curls rendered with raised lines). GVF £15.00
1799 BMC 1279. 3 Berries. Fine £5.00
1799 BMC 1279. 3 Berries. Pleasing VF £12.00
Click here to view picture 1799 BMC 1279. 3 Berries. Pleasing GVF £22.00

Currency Farthings of the pre-Soho Period

Note: Contemporary counterfeits (1771 - 1775) are commonplace. Usually lighter in weight, on a smaller and thinner module.

PictureDate DESCRIPTION Price  
Click here to view picture 1775 BMC 917. Obverse 1. Near VF £50.00
1775 Contemporary counterfeit. About Fine £4.00
Click here to view picture 1774 Obverse 1. BMC 915. GF £25.00
Click here to view picture 1774 Obverse 1. BMC 915. Near VF/GF £30.00
Click here to view picture 1774 Obverse 1. BMC 915. Near VF £40.00
1773 Near Fine £7.50
Click here to view picture 1773 Obverse 1. BMC 911. Near VF £35.00
Click here to view picture 1773 Obverse 1. BMC 911. VF £45.00
Click here to view picture 1773 Obverse 1. BMC 911. GVF, rare £60.00
1773 Obverse 2. BMC 913. Fine £18.00
Click here to view picture 1773 Obverse 2. BMC 913. GEF
Ex W. Burchill
£165.00
Click here to view picture 1773 Obverse 2. Reverse No Stop. BMC 914. Near VF £50.00

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.

PictureDate DESCRIPTION Price  
Click here to view picture 1771 Reverse B. Choice Unc with good lustre Sold

1771 Copper Proof. See under proofs and patterns.

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