||George III Pattern gold Third Guinea 1776, by Richard Yeo, WR-137 (R3), plain edge, PR65 NGC. A sharply struck and mirrored example of this popular pattern showing the British Lion crowned and standing upon a larger crown with the digits of the date 1776 split to the sides of the lion's head. Even rims and uniform sharpness are unusual aspects of this pattern, which usually lacks these fine qualities. Age-old gold patina adds to the eye-appeal. Some light handling and a few marks are noticed on and around the king's portrait. Struck for two years, 1775 and 1776, this date appeals strongly to American collectors for obvious reasons. This denomination was first used during the reign of George III, but only in the later years (beginning in 1801). This beautiful design was replaced by the flatly engraved, issued coinage featuring a crown on its reverse, rather than this charming, symbolically crowned lion. Ex: ?Colonel? E.H.R. Green; Green Estate? Partnership of Eric P Newman / B.G. Johnson.
Realized $7,931.25. Description courtesy of Heritage Auctions.