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№ 214


14 November 2018

Hammer Price:

George III (1760-1820), Pre-1816 issues, A uniface trial by T. Pingo, undated [c. 1767], in gold, for a Brunswick-Lüneburg Double-Ducat, laureate bust right, edge plain, 7.71g (cf. Smith 213; cf. Eimer 72a). Extremely fine and extremely rare £2,000-£3,000

Provenance: Westfälische Auktionsgesellschaft Auktion 54 (Arnsberg), 14 September 2010, lot 2840.

This coin is normally described as a uniface pattern for a double-ducat or five-thalers. A two-sided currency coin bearing a modified version of this portrait was struck at Hannover in 1768. The portrait was designed by Jeremiah Meyer, miniature painter and enameller to George III and the die executed by Pingo. This is probably the item described as a ‘proof of a guinea for His Majesty at Hanover’ exhibited by Thomas Pingo Jr in 1768 at the Free Society of Artists in Pall Mall. A gold specimen with engraved reverse is to be found in the British Museum Collection (Eimer, p.67)