The 2020 King George III 200th Anniversary Gold Double Sovereign – the world’s first double sovereign to contain authentic George III gold!
King George III is Britain’s longest reigning king. He died on 29 January 1820 after more than 59 years on the throne, narrowly missing out on becoming the first monarch to reach a Diamond Jubilee. The first of the Hanoverians to be born in England, his achievements are often over-shadowed by the prolonged bouts of madness he suffered in his later years. However, the events and achievements of this era stand as a testament to his reign during which Britain became the dominant European power with the defeat of the French and Spanish at Trafalgar, the empire expanded in India and diminished in America, there was victory against Napoleon at the Battle of Waterloo in 1815 and Great Britain and Ireland were brought together as a single nation under the Act of Union in 1801, making George III the first king of the United Kingdom.
In 2020, Britain will mark the 200th anniversary of King George III, and as part of the celebrations an exceptional gold coin has been minted: the world’s first sovereign to include authentic Georgian gold from the reign of George III, with a design featuring one of the most important gold coins of his reign. Two of the world’s most renowned gold coins – the guinea and the sovereign – were issued by George III, which is why the beauty of the guinea and the might of the sovereign have been brought together to honour the 200th anniversary of our longest reigning king.
World’s first sovereign to contain authentic George III gold
Hattons of London have released the world’s first Heritage Mixture Gold Sovereign. This coin is the first of its kind ever to be produced from a mixture of antique and new 22 carat gold. Each of the sovereign coins released for the 200th anniversary of George III’s reign contains authentic gold from his reign and features a design as old as the gold itself!
Celebrating George III with an historic design of one his most important gold coins
This double sovereign coin features the 1797 Third Guinea – This particular third-guinea was struck between 1797 and 1800 and bears a royal portrait created by the engraver Lewis Pingo. Pingo was also responsible for the reverse which shows a royal crown. The original inscription, MAG BRI FR ET HIB REX with the date, was changed following the Union of Great Britain and Ireland and from 1801, the inscription read BRITANNIARUM REX FIDEI DEFENSOR with the date of the coin beneath. Now, this rare guinea coin of George III comes alive again, appearing on the world’s first sovereign to contain authentic Georgian gold of this monarch’s reign.
This is an exciting first opportunity for collectors to obtain the first ‘heritage mixture’ gold sovereigns for their collection – these could well become the most sought-after sovereign coins of all time. However, the mintage has been restricted to just 299, so don’t miss out and order now!
Authorised by Tristan da Cunha, and approved by both the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and Buckingham Palace, it is a wonderful tribute.