Paperweight with George III (1760-1820) shilling, 1787.
This Georgian coin is sealed within a plastered wooden casing with glass at the top and bottom.
The obverse bears the laureate and armoured bust of King George III. The reverse design consists in a cruciform of shields with emblems of George royal claims. The top shield shows three lions to the left, representing England, and one lion to the right representing Scotland. The right shield shows three Fleur-de-lis, representing France. The lower shield shows a harp, representing Ireland, and the left shield shows the Hanoverian arms.
On the obverse, the legend reads: ' GEORGIVS III DEI GRATIA. The Latin translates as: ' George by the Grace of God.' The reverse inscription quotes: ‘M.B.F.ET.H.REX.F.D.B.ET.L.D.S.R.I.A.T.ET.E, which stands for' King of Great Britain, France and Ireland, Defender of the Faith, Duke of Brunswick and Lüenburg, Arch-Treasurer and Elector of the Holy Roman Empire'.
This Georgian coin offers an example of pre- formation of the UK shilling. In fact, during the reign of George III, two completely different designs of shillings were issued: pre and post formation of the UK. The latter would have shown a laureate bust of the King on the obverse and the crowned UK coat of arms on the reverse.