Regal penny coin, 1797.

Made:
1797
maker:
Matthew Boulton
and
James Watt

Coin, copper, 35mm diameter. Regal penny, 1797. 'cartwheel'. Issuer The Royal Mint, 1797, Regal penny. Obverse Bust of George III facing right: ‘Georgius III. D. G. Rex’. Reverse Britannia seated, a small ship to the left of her feet, one hand holding an olive branch (obscured on this coin) the other holding a trident, a Union shield beneath her: ‘Britannia 1797’. Notes The design of the Britannia, better seen on the twopenny piece (1977-381/145), shows her to be relaxed and feminine in appearance. On later issues she became increasingly rigid, presumably a minor reflection of the Victorians themselves.

Details

Category:
Coins, Medals & Tokens
Object Number:
1977-381/147
type:
coins
credit:
Mr. J. Newmark.