George III (1760-1820), Proof Gold Sovereign, 1817, engraved by Benedetto Pistrucci, laureate head of King right, 10 leaves in wreath, coarse hair, date below, descending colon after BRITANNIAR: lettering clear of raised rim, “GEORGIUS III D: G: BRITANNIAR: REX F: D:” top left serif absent from third I in III, reverse with St George slaying dragon right with broken lance. groundline with BP incuse to left, all within horizontally ruled garter with buckle, W W P incuse on sides of buckle, garter motto “HONI . SOIT . QUI . MAL . Y . PENSE .” top left serif absent from I of HONI, edge, milled, weight 8.00g, WR 197, S.3785, Douglas-Morris 140, some red tone spots, some tiny associated hairlines, otherwise as struck and extremely rare.
Proposed estimation to be confirmed
The resulting Sovereign design adopted for currency, here demonstrated struck to “Proof” quality from highly polished dies. Such delightful pieces were given to highly influential persons as gifts to show the pride in the new design; today they are extremely rare. The Bentley Collection also contains examples for George III dated 1818 (part three) and 1820 (part two).
To be offered in part one May 2012