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Britain (Mints & Types)

Britain is a very popular collecting theme, not surprisingly, it is most popular with British collectors. The theme usually includes coins struck in Britain, coins related to historical events in Britain, and coins depicting Britannia or other types related to Britain.

Great Britain, George IV, 29 January 1820 - 26 June 1830

|United| |Kingdom|, |Great| |Britain,| |George| |IV,| |29| |January| |1820| |-| |26| |June| |1830||sixpence|
From 1811 until his accession, George IV served as regent during his father's mental illness. He forbade his wife from attending his coronation and unsuccessfully attempted to divorce her, which brought the contempt of the people. For most of George's regency and reign, Prime Minister Lord Liverpool controlled the government with little help from George. George's extravagant lifestyle and wasteful spending angered taxpayers at a time when Britain was fighting the Napoleonic Wars. He did not provide leadership in a time of crisis, nor did he act as a role model for his people. Liverpool led Britain's ultimate victory, negotiated the peace settlement, and attempted to deal with the social and economic malaise that followed. George IV was succeeded by his younger brother William.
UK98543. Silver sixpence, SCBC 3814, SCWC KM 691, AU, cleaned, weight 2.814 g, maximum diameter 19.5 mm, die axis 180o, London mint, 1825; obverse GEORGIUS IIII D:G: BRITANNIAR: REX: F: D:, Laureate head left, tiny B.P. below (engraver Benedetto Pistrucci); reverse HONI SOIT QUI MAL Y PENSE (shame on him who thinks evil of it - the motto of the Order of the Garter), crowned coat of arms in garter, ANNO 1825 below; $135.00 SALE PRICE $122.00


Great Britain, George IV, 29 January 1820 - 26 June 1830, For Use in Malta

|United| |Kingdom|, |Great| |Britain,| |George| |IV,| |29| |January| |1820| |-| |26| |June| |1830,| |For| |Use| |in| |Malta||1/3| |farthing|
George IV was King of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland and King of Hanover from the death of his father, King George III, on 29 January 1820 until his own death ten years later. He had already been serving as Prince Regent since 5 February 1811, during his father's final mental illness. He led an extravagant lifestyle that contributed to the fashions of the Regency era. He was a patron of new forms of leisure, style and taste. He commissioned John Nash to build the Royal Pavilion in Brighton and remodel Buckingham Palace. He commissioned Jeffry Wyatville to rebuild Windsor Castle.
UK98539. Bronze 1/3 farthing, SCBC 3827, SCWC KM 703, EF, small scratches and marks, weight 1.446 g, maximum diameter 16.2 mm, die axis 0o, London mint, 1st issue, 1827; obverse GEORGIUS IV DEI GRATIA 1827, Laureate head left; reverse BRITANNIAR: REX FID: DEF, Britannia seated right, floral pattern in exergue; $105.00 SALE PRICE $95.00


Great Britain, William IV, 26 June 1830 - 20 June 1837

|United| |Kingdom|, |Great| |Britain,| |William| |IV,| |26| |June| |1830| |-| |20| |June| |1837||farthing|
William IV was the third son of George III and younger brother and successor to George IV, he was the last king and penultimate monarch of Britain's House of Hanover. He was nicknamed the "Sailor King" because he served in the Royal Navy in his youth. He served in North America and the Caribbean. Since his two older brothers died without leaving legitimate issue, he inherited the throne at 64 years old. His reign saw reforms: the poor law was updated, child labor restricted, slavery abolished in nearly all the Empire, and the electoral system was reformed. Although William did not engage in politics as much as his brother or his father, he was the last monarch to appoint a prime minister contrary to the will of Parliament. He granted his German kingdom a short-lived liberal constitution. At the time of his death, William had no surviving legitimate children, but he was survived by eight of the ten illegitimate children he had by the actress Dorothea Jordan, with whom he cohabited for twenty years. William was succeeded in the United Kingdom by his niece, Victoria, and in Hanover by his brother, Ernest Augustus.
UK98546. Copper farthing, SCBC 3848, SCWC KM 705, gVF, light stains, small scratches and marks, weight 4.796 g, maximum diameter 21.9 mm, die axis 0o, London mint, 1831; obverse GULIELMUS IIII DEI GRATIA (William the 4th, by the Grace of God), bare head right, incuse W.W (engraver William Wyon) on base of neck truncation, 1831 below; reverse BRITANNIAR: REX FID: DEF: (King of the Britains, Defender of the Faith), Britannia seated right, wearing crested Corinthian helmet, resting right hand on shield at side, incuse line on saltire, trident in left hand, rose below; $90.00 SALE PRICE $81.00


Romano-British Empire, Carausius, Mid 286 - Spring or Early Summer 293 A.D.

|Carausius|, |Romano-British| |Empire,| |Carausius,| |Mid| |286| |-| |Spring| |or| |Early| |Summer| |293| |A.D.||antoninianus|
Salus was the Roman goddess of health. She was Hygieia to the Greeks, who believed her to be the daughter of Aesculapius, the god of medicine and healing, and Epione, the goddess of soothing of pain. Her father Asclepius learned the secrets of keeping death at bay after observing one snake bringing another snake healing herbs. Woman seeking fertility, the sick, and the injured slept in his temples in chambers where non-poisonous snakes were left to crawl on the floor and provide healing. This coin, dedicated to the health of the emperor, probably indicates the emperor was at the time suffering from some disease, and sacred rites had been performed for his recovery.
RA73489. Billon antoninianus, RIC V-2 165 (S), Webb Carausius 195, Bourne Carausius -, Linchmere -, Burton Latimer -, Bicester -, Carausian Hoard -, F, green patina, flan cracks, ragged flan, corrosion, encrustations, weight 3.219 g, maximum diameter 25.8 mm, die axis 180o, Londinium (London, England) mint, c. late 289 - 291; obverse IMP CARAVSIVS P F AVG, radiate, draped, and cuirassed bust right, middle reign portrait type; reverse SALVS PVBLICA (the health of the public), Salus standing right, feeding snake held in right hand, from patera held in left hand, B - E across fields, MLXXI in exergue; from the Charles Peters Carausius Collection; scarce; $65.00 SALE PRICE $58.50


Romano-British Empire, Carausius, Mid 286 - Spring or Early Summer 293 A.D.

|Carausius|, |Romano-British| |Empire,| |Carausius,| |Mid| |286| |-| |Spring| |or| |Early| |Summer| |293| |A.D.||antoninianus|
Although Ares was viewed by the Greeks primarily as destructive and destabilizing, worthy of contempt and revulsion, for the Romans, Mars was a father (pater) of the Roman people. He was the father of Romulus and Remus, the legendary founders of Rome. In early Rome, he was second in importance only to Jupiter, and the most prominent of the military gods in the religion of the Roman army. Most of his festivals were held in March, the month named for him (Latin Martius), and in October, which began and ended the season for military campaigning and farming.
RA73268. Billon antoninianus, RIC V-2 844 (S), Webb 940, Hunter IV -, SRCV IV -, aF, well centered, nice green patina, weight 3.971 g, maximum diameter 22.1 mm, die axis 180o, uncertain British mint, c. mid 286 - 287; obverse IMP CARAVSIVS P AVG, radiate and draped bust right, early reign "moustache" portrait; reverse MARS VICTOR (Mars the Victor), Mars advancing right, nude except for helmet and cloak tied in belt at waist and flying behind, transverse spear in right hand, trophy of captured arms over left shoulder in left hand, no field marks, nothing in exergue; from the Charles Peters Carausius Collection; scarce; $50.00 SALE PRICE $45.00


Romano-British Coins

|Roman| |Coin| |Books|, |Romano-British| |Coins|
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BL43187. Romano-British Coins by Augustus Brown, published by the author c. 1960, 8vo, paperback, 28 pages plus one plate, NEW, priced at FORVM's cost!; $2.50 SALE PRICE $2.25


Coins of the First British Empire A.D. 287 - 296

|Roman| |Coin| |Books|, |Coins| |of| |the| |First| |British| |Empire| |A.D.| |287| |-| |296|
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BL43188. Coins of the First British Empire AD 287 - 296 by Augustus Brown, published by the author c. 1960, 8vo, paperback, 12 pages plus one plate, priced at FORVM's cost!; $2.50 SALE PRICE $2.25


Romano-British Empire, Carausius, Mid 286 - Spring or Early Summer 293 A.D.

|Carausius|, |Romano-British| |Empire,| |Carausius,| |Mid| |286| |-| |Spring| |or| |Early| |Summer| |293| |A.D.||antoninianus|
Certificate of Authenticity issued by David R. Sear.

Refers to Carausius arrival in Britain. From the Aiello Collection. This Aiello Collection coin was listed in Alex G. Malloy Auction Sale LX with an estimate of $2,000 (unsold).
RA04159. Billon antoninianus, RIC V-2 598 var. (no mention of captive); Hunter IV, p. ccvii, nice VF, weight 4.41 g, maximum diameter 20.3 mm, die axis 0o, RSR (probably London) mint, c. mid 287; obverse IMP CARAVSIVS P F AVG, radiate, draped, and cuirassed bust right; reverse ADV[ENTVS AV]G, Carausius on horseback pacing left, raising right hand, scepter in left, captive seated left on ground before horse, RSR in exergue; from the Aiello Collection, David Sear graded as, "a nice VF, though with some flatness in the striking, a rare and interesting type probably overstruck on an earlier antoninianus"; very rare; SOLD







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