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Coin - Emergency Dollar, George III (octagonal stamp), Great Britain, 1804 Numismatics Reg. No: NU 842

Silver Emergency coin; Denomination: Dollar
George III (1760-1820)

Counterstamped Spanish American 8 Real coin issued by Treasury with a value of 4 shillings 9 pence to supplement a deficiency in British silver coins (Grueber p. 150). The original coin a 1787 F.M. 8 Real from the Mexico City Mint, Mexico (KM#106.2a)
Acquisition Information:
Transfer from National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), 1976
Discipline: Numismatics
Dimensions: 39 mm (Diameter)
Weight: 26.801 g (Weight)

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Themes this item is part of: Numismatics & Philately Collection
Primary Classification: COINS
Secondary Classification: Great Britain
Tertiary Classification: working strikes
Series: Treasury Issue
DateEra: 1804 AD
Denomination: Emergency Dollar
Obverse Description: At the centre of the original coin obverse a small octagonal counterstamp bearing a laureate bust of George III facing right. The original coin has a laureate and draped bust of Charles III facing right; around, CAROLUS III DEI GRATIA 1787
Reverse Description: Crowned square topped shield quartered with lions and castles between two pillars; incuse on ribbon draped around pillars, PLUS ULTRA; around HISPAN ET IND REX Mo (monogram) 8R FM
Edge Description: raised circles and rectangles
Shape: Round
Material: Silver
Issued By: Bank of England, England, Great Britain, 1804
Person Depicted: King George III, England, Great Britain
Person Depicted: King Carlos III, Spain
  1. [Book], Philip Skingley - Spink & Sons Ltd., Coins of England and the United Kingdom, Spink & Son Ltd., London, 2007, Spink 2766 Pages


Eric Hodge Posted on 03 Apr 2013 1:54 AM
The Octagonal countermarks revalued the host coin to 5 shillings. It was the 1797 Oval countermark that revalued the host 8 reales to 4 shillings and 9 pence.

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