Gold coin; Denomination: half-guinea
Royal Mint, London
George I (1714-1727); third bust type
The title Fidei Defensor abbreviated to F.D. (Defender of the Faith) occurs for the first time on the British coinage under George I. The abbreviated titles on the reverse expand to: Brunsvicensis et Lunenburgensis Dux, Sacri Romani Imperii Archi-Thesaurarius et Elector. These titles remain on the British coinage untilthe new coinage of 1816 under George III.
The current value of the guinea was set at 21 shillings in 1717 and remained there until the last issue of that denomination.
Laureate head of George I facing right; around, GEORGIVS D G M BR FR ET HIB REX F D (translation: George I by the Grace of God King of Great Britain, France and Ireland, Defender of the Faith)
Four crowned shields, England and Scotland impaled, France, Ireland and the Dutchy of Brunswick and Luneburg, arranged in the form of a cross, in the centre, the Star of the Garter; in the angles four sceptres tipped with a crowned orb, a thistle, a lis and a harp; around, BRVN ET L DVX S R I A TH ET EL 1725 (translation: Duke of Brunswick and Luneberg Archi-Thesaurius and Elector of the Holy Roman Empire)
diagonal milling, ///
Transfer from Melbourne Branch of Royal Mint, 11 Jan 1978
Type of item
22 mm (Outside Diameter), 4.184 g (Weight)
[Book] Skingley, Philip. 2007. Coins of England and the United Kingdom., Spink 3635 Pages