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Great Britain, George III, 1761 Pattern Guinea by Yeo, Three Leaves Extremely Rare, R5 NGC Proof 63

- Rated R5, extremely rare. There are only 6-10 examples.

- One of the earliest patterns of Richard Yeo, if not the earliest.

- An extremely attractive and accomplished portrait of George III in stunning preservation.

Condition
NGC Proof 63. Extremely attractive. Precisely struck in great detail. Very bold colour - particularly on reverse - with wisps of warm orange in bloom. Extremely rare. 6-10 examples known.
Obverse
Young, laureate bust right, with five berries in wreath and three leaves at top; GEORGIVS · III · DEI · GRATIA ·.
Reverse
Crowned, garnished shield of arms; date divided above; · M · B · F · ET · H · REX · F · D · B · ET · L · D · S · R · I · R · A · T · ET · E ·.
Edge
Plain.
Provenance
ex. SINCONA British Collection, SINCONA 75, lot 235, 16th May 2022.
ex. SPINK Numismatic Circular, lot 2553, April 1994.
Our Price:
£41,500.00
Weight
8.16 g
Diameter
approx. 25 mm
Metal
gold
Fineness
22 carat (91.67%)
Fine weight
7.480 g (0.2405 oz t)
Production method
milled
Designer / engraver
Richard Yeo (c.1720-79)
General References
Bull.741 [R5]; Farey.1490; Fr.352 [type]; KM.Pn40; S.3725 [type]; WR.84 [R4]
Collection References
British.II.235 [this coin]; King.-; Montagu.517; Murdoch.128; Norweb.1969.209; DM.97; Slaney.II.403; Stratos.-; Waterbird.-
Certification number

This coin is a beautiful example of an extremely rare and sought-after pattern issue. Only around six examples have publicly traded hands in the last 20 years. Richard Yeo’s masterful depiction of a youthful George III exists here in prime form, with a strong strike, just minimal cabinet wear, and beautiful, glowing surfaces. The subtle shape of the King’s features are accented by a satiny lustre that creates a touching realism. This simple naturalism is complimented by the precise and intricate locks of hair, accented by the radiant grooves which surround each lock. This phenomenal pattern would have pride of place in any world-class collection.

Richard Yeo (c.1720-79)

Richard Yeo first came to prominence in 1746 upon his creation of the official medal for the Battle of Culloden. From 1749, he was assistant engraver at the Royal Mint under the great John Sigmund Tanner. In 1775, Yeo officially succeeded Tanner as Chief Engraver at the mint. However, as a result of Tanner’s failing eyesight and other health issues Yeo had been acting effectively as Chief Engraver since 1760 but without the appropriate pay. This was amended in 1768 when he was awarded £500 for past labours. Tanner designed and engraved British coinage as Chief until his death in 1779. Yeo was an extremely accomplished engraver producing several patterns and circulation issues throughout his career and his particularly fine style brought a delicate realism to coins of the period.

Yeo was also a member of the Incorporated Society of Artists (1761-91) and founding member of the Royal Academy of Arts. He exhibited his works at the Academy in both 1769 and 1770.

The British Collection

This coin graced the illustrious British Collection, sold by the Swiss auction house SINCONA in two parts. The collection is one of the most complete and important collections of British coinage ever to exist. Assembled over 50 years of collecting with pieces spanning nearly six centuries and all of astounding quality, the collection sold for $5.8 million and stands as a momentous event in British numismatics, likely not to be bested for years to come.

It is worth noting however that most of the coins in sale were sold without their provenances, much of which were of the highest prestige. Independent research on our part has been successful in reuniting some of these significant pieces with their history.

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