George III 1760 - 1820

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George III, Cartwheel Twopence Very Good_obv

George III, Twopence (Cartwheel) Very Good

How do you know this is a twopence? We were asked this question the other day and the simple answer is, if it weighs two ounces then it is Twopence, if it weighs an ounce then it is a Penny. They were only issued for one year in 1797; the public hated them, because they weighed so much. This was one of the first coins to be struck under steam pressure on Boulton and Watts steam press. Because they are pure copper they nick and scratch very easily. You have the bust of King George III on one side and a seated Britannia on the other side. This coin is offered in Very Good condition. We give you the best example that we have in stock, but due to the softness of the metal, there will be some dings. A great talking piece and was only issued in 1797.
George III, 1797 Twopence Good Very Fine_obv

George III, Twopence 1797 Good Very Fine

In 1797, the Mint struck the largest copper coin ever, the so-called Cartwheel Twopence. It weighed two ounces and was the largest and heaviest British copper coin. In fact, it was struck on a steam press for the first time. High grade examples are extremely difficult to find. Retailers used the coins for weights, some people believed that there was a gold coin inside, so they spent all day shaking them. We have spent the past two years putting together this small group of King George III 1797 Cartwheel Twopences in About Extremely Fine condition. If you want a one year type coin, if you want the largest British copper coin ever made and you want them in Extremely Fine, here they are.