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George III (1760-1820), cartwheel two penny, 1797.
The obverse shows a robed laureate bust of King George III with long hair, facing right. The inscription reads 'GEORGIUS III. D:G. REX' (George III by the grace of God King).

The reverse shows Britannia seated facing left, holding an olive branch and a trident, with a shield resting beside. A small ship lies in the left background. The inscription reads 'BRITANNIA', (Britain) 1797.

This is an example of the first coins in England to be mass produced on a steam powered press. Designed to combat counterfeiting, each coins weight its exact value in copper; a penny weighed once ounce, and a two penny coin weighed two ounces.
Collection Type
Date Made
1797
Period
Dimensions
dia 40.9mm (dia 1 5/8")
5.3mm (3/16")
w 57.61g (w 1/8lbs)
Property Information
Accession No
TRH871d

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