George III Half Crown
1816 & 1817
GEORGE III HALF CROWN
1816-1820
George III Half Crown
1817-1820
Courtesy of Chris Perkins
    www.predecimal.com
George III Spanish Oval
Countermarked Half Crown
There are two different obverses and two different reverses
issued for the half crown of the George III reign.

Before the introduction of his own half crowns there were a few
foreign coins (mostly Spanish 4 reals) which were
countermarked with his bust to make them legal tender in
Britain. Spanish 4 reals were already readily available and
circulating in Britain at this time but there were also many  
fakes. So the idea was to countermark these coins and make
them legal tender. This also let the public know the coins were
genuine, until the introduction of officialy issued halfcrowns.
The countermarked coins were first issued with an oval
countermark, however these later became counterfeited, so a
new octagonal countermark was used instead.

The 1816 & 1817 first obverse half crown is often referred to as
the "bull head" halfcrown.  The obverse  reverse were designed
by Tomas Wyon.The reverse was designed by Thomas Wyon.

Later in 1817 the obverse was changed as the king didn't like
the first obverse. The second obverse was designed by
Benedetto Pistrucci and the second reverse was by Thomas
Wyon.
George III Spanish Octagonal
Countermarked Half Crown
Courtesy of Rob Pearce
www.rpcoins.co.uk
Courtesy of CNG
www.cngcoins.com
1816 & 1817 Silver, 14.1 grams, 32mm Diameter.
1817-1820 Silver, 14.1 grams, 32mm Diameter.
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